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Davos World Economic Forum 2018 LIVE Updates: Let Us Create A "Heaven Of Freedom' Sans Divisions, Says PM Modi
Jan 23, 2018 16:33:42 (IST)
Friends, the challenges that I am alluding to are many and widespread, but given the limited time that we have, I'll mention three of the biggest ones.

The first one: Climate change

Glaciers are receding, the Arctic ice is melting, islands are going under water or are about to. Heat and cold, excessive rain and drought - effects of extreme weather are seen everywhere. Even here, we are seeing the highest snowfall in 20 years.

We should have shed our divisions and united to tackle the challenge, but we must ask honestly if we have done so. Everyone says climate emissions must be reduced, But how many developed countries reach out to developing nations with the technology required to do so?

Thousands of years ago, our sacred texts, read that we humans are the children of mother Earth. But then why do we see a war between humans and environment?

Father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi always endorsed utilisation based on need, and opposed greed. But we have wandered far from that thought and exploited nature. We must ask ourselves, is this development or is this deterioration?

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