New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that India believes in growth but was committed to protecting the environment.
Addressing over 200 delegates at the World Sustainable Development Summit, the Prime Minister said respect for nature was part of the country's culture.
"We consider Earth our mother. India believes in growth but is also committed to protect the environment," he said.
Invoking Mahatma Gandhi, PM Modi said, "We believe that all resources and wealth belongs to nature and the almighty and we are just the trustees or managers of this wealth."
Mahatma Gandhi, too, advocated this trusteeship philosophy, he added.
Stressing the need for making the planet safer, the Prime Minister said, "We are proud of our long history and tradition of harmonious existence between man and nature."
The Prime Minister also raised concerns about the issue of water availability and asserted his commitment to ensure that no farm goes without water.
"We are working to electrify every household of the country. With growing urbanisation, our transport needs are growing too, we are expanding the metro system as well," he said.
The theme of this year's summit is ‘Partnerships for a Resilient Planet’.
Over 2,000 delegates are participating in the summit, which seeks to create action frameworks to resolve some of the most urgent challenges facing developing economies in the backdrop of climate change.
Eminent international speakers will address a variety of issues, including reducing impact on land, air and water, as well as look at ways and means to utilise energy and resources in a more efficient manner in the plenary sessions.