Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal represented Delhi at the C40 Climate Change Summit and signed a pledge on the city’s behalf to clean its air and keep it breathable for the citizens.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal through video conferencing addressed the ongoing “C40 Climate Change Summit”. The summit is designed to address concerns over the deteriorating air quality in the world. Also, the attendees will discuss possible solutions to tackle the problem.
The Ministry of External Affairs denied permission to Delhi CM. Thus he and his 8 member delegation were not able to travel to Denmark. The title for the conference session was “Breathe deeply, city solutions for clean air”. Delhi CM also shared his astonishing experience on his government’s successful endeavour. Delhi was able to reduce the air pollution by 25% in the national capital in its 5-year term.
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group is a group of 94 major cities around the globe. Moreover, these cities represent 1/12th of the world’s population and cover 1/4th of the world’s economy.
So, the C40 climate summit is taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. The summit is to connect the leading cities of the world to take bold steps to tackle climate change. Thus, the aim of leaders coming together is to build a resilient, inclusive, healthier, and sustainable environment for future generations.
The goals are vital to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions and adopt new techniques for sustainable growth.
The Mayors of these cities joined hands to deliver the goals of Paris Climate Change Agreement within the UNFCCC.
Moreover, the conference is very crucial for achieving the goal set by the Paris Agreement. We need to maintain the global temperature below 2°C (pre-industrial levels). Consequently, we need efforts to limit the increase within 1.5°C within the second half of the 21st century.
CM Kejriwal also signed the C-40 Clean Air Cities Declaration as Delhi’s commitment to clean its air. Only 38 cities of the 94 attendees signed the declaration.
Therefore, it is not global warming that we now need to tackle. Instead, its the global heating that is happening around the world.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s Address
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addressed the meet through video. Other big-city leaders also included Mayors of Copenhagen, Barcelona, LA, Paris, and Portland.
CM Kejriwal spoke on Delhi’s fight against air pollution and systematic efforts by the AAP government. Delhi’s pollution level has now decreased by 25%.
Kejriwal enlisted steps taken from the odd-even scheme i.e. rationing of vehicles during emergency situations, restrictions on diesel engine vehicles, shutting down of thermal power plants. Delhi is also providing subsidy to all the industries to shift towards environmentally friendly fuels.
Delhi’s Commitment to Clean Air
Furthermore, he spoke about providing interrupted 24×7 electricity supply in the city which reduced the use of diesel generators sets. 0.5 million diesel generators had become redundant in Delhi. Moreover, large scale afforestation and setting up of air quality monitors across the city helped AAP bring down pollution levels.
Furthermore, Delhi is trying to turn open spaces into a green landscape and also introducing mechanized sweeping to counter “dust” in the air. He also said climate change is only possible when people are willing to support it.
Delhi government will also set up a special task force to implement the C40 resolution. Kejriwal will himself chair the task force. He elaborated further on the AAP Government’s plans to purchase 1000 new electric buses in the coming months and transforming older ones. This will also improve the transport sector which we help in making a green environment in Delhi.