India’s prime minister says people will have to change their lifestyles and develop a harmony with nature if the world is to avoid dangerous levels of climate change.
In a speech at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, Narendra Modi said different paths to “economic wellbeing” should be explored by world leaders.
He recommended yoga as one way of fighting climate change, as it offered people a sense of “harmony with self, society and nature” and could create a “social consciousness”.
“In India faith and nature have had a deep meaning since ancient times – for us only path is a sustainable one,” he said.
Modi described climate change as a “pressing challenge”, but rejected calls for India to adopt tougher greenhouse gas emission cuts as part of a UN deal, which is set to be finalised in the French capital in December.
“Too often our discussion is reduced to arguing about emission cuts but we are more like to succeed if we offer afford solutions – not simply imposing choices,” he said.