Sushma Swaraj: Indian culture can help environmental concerns


New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday said that Indian philosophy, lifestyle and cultural practices are established on the knowledge of guarding the nature and it holds significant impact in resolving environmental problems like global warming.

“Indian philosophy, lifestyle, traditions and cultural practices are based on the science of protecting the nature. This needs to be explained to the global community. Till a lifestyle based on Indian philosophy isn’t adopted, solutions to the environmental problems caused by global warming will be elusive,” she said.

Sushma was addressing a conference as the chief guest at the closing ceremony of the two-day national session on “Global Warming and Climate Change – A Way Out”.

She further categorised the reasons of terrorism and climate change as the two major global areas of concern, the Union Minister specifically focused on the necessity for reviving cultural customs that are environmentally friendly and helps protect it.

In the race of development by individual countries, some of the developed nations have triggered severe destruction to the Mother Earth.

“Now they expect solutions from the nations, which are not responsible for the crisis.” She further added.

She also emphasised on the fact that development engineered by fabricated techniques has given way to difficulties for the environment, the irony of the situation is that such artificial solutions are further being discovered.

Emphasising on the richness and diversity of Indian culture, she said that traditions of the country are purely based on science and philosophy.

To find a solution to issues regarding environmental chaos one needs to bring change in their lifestyle as it is one of the biggest contributors to the problem of global warming, she gave details in her address.

Asking people to bring changes in their approach to the environment, Sushma requested people to quit their greed to save the earth and promote the need-based use of natural resources to advantage solutions to the problem of global warming.