Day 2 of the Glasgow conference witnessed a lot of emotions running the meet.
The biggest takeaway from the Day2 of the Glasgow conference was the methane pledge. Around 100 countries and parties have signed on the pledge to cut methane emission by 2030 by 30% of 2020 levels. The announcement of the pledge was made by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
Methane is odourless, invisible natural gas which is an extremely potent greenhouse gas. It has 80 times more warming power than that of Carbon Dioxide. Cutting down methane will immediately slow down climate change and will prevent the earth from warming beyond 1.5 degrees Celsius.
American President Joe Biden has emphasized American involvement in saving the planet and along with that he also targeted Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin for skipping the conference. He criticized China and Russia for not doing their best to tackle the climate crisis.
European Union, US, UK and France have joined hands to help South Africa transit from coal to green sources. UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced an initial partnership of $8.5 billion partnership to decarbonize coal intensive energy system.
Emotional speeches were delivered by some African countries and small island countries. Climate Vulnerable Forum is a group of 48 nations most at risk from climate change. They asked for help from rich nations to help them transit to green economies. IPCC shows that despite being the least emitter of greenhouse gas, Africa has been warming faster than the rest of the globe.
India has always been active as far as going green is concerned. No matter what happens and whatever pledge or agreement is signed, it has always been backed by India.
India along with the UK has launched IRIS (Infrastructure for the Resilient Island States) to help a group of Small Island Developing States. This is to build a resilient infrastructure for future green expansion.
India’s railway system to become ‘net zero’ by 2030 said PM Modi while addressing the summit.