On August 14, President Droupadi Murmu addressed the nation on the eve of the 77th Independence Day. She urged citizens to move ahead with harmony and brotherhood to fulfill the vision of India's founding fathers. President Murmu emphasized the need to address climate change in the face of extreme weather events.
She stated, "Scientists and policymakers worldwide should prioritize climate change. We must take action at the local, national, and global levels for the environment's sake."
''One area that merits urgent attention of scientists and policymakers all over the world is climate change. We have faced numerous extreme-weather events in recent years. Parts of India have faced extraordinary floods. At the same time, there are places facing drought,'' Murmu said.
''These events are also attributed to the phenomenon of global warming. Therefore, it is necessary to make efforts at the local, national and global levels for the environment,'' the President said.
''Our country is playing a leading role in fulfilling international commitments. We have given the mantra of LiFE -- Lifestyle for Environment to the global community,'' Murmu said.
''The larger point here is that the culture of greed takes the world away from nature. We now realise the dire need to return to our roots. I know that there are still many tribal communities who live very close to nature and in harmony with it. Their values and lifestyle offer invaluable lessons for climate action,'' she said.
Murmu urges global climate action
Murmu, India's first tribal President, asserted that the enduring survival of tribal communities can be summed up in a single word: "empathy." She noted how these communities empathize with all of Mother Nature's creatures, from flora to fauna, in stark contrast to the empathy deficit seen in the world today.
She pointed out that history shows such periods of deficit are exceptions, and that kindness is inherent. Murmu observed that women, in particular, embody greater empathy and guide humanity when it loses its way.
Addressing India's path, she stated that the nation has entered the 'Amrit Kaal,' aiming for inclusivity and development by 2047. She called upon all citizens to pledge to strive for excellence, lifting the nation to higher levels of accomplishment.
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