Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said India will raise its climate ambitions but not under pressure, and that it will not allow anybody to forget their historical responsibility.
He also said that India is suffering because of the mistakes of others and “is not responsible for climate change that is happening”. Javadekar made the remarks during a speech after a meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at the French Embassy.
The minister said the collaboration between India and France will go “deep and deeper”, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron have an “unusual good chemistry amongst themselves”.
Underlining that India is a responsible country, Javadekar said, “We will complete out commitments, raise our ambitions but not under pressure. And we will also ask countries to provide finance and technological support and about their (climate) actions.”
He said India is the only G-20 country to walk the talk on the Paris climate agreement and “we have done more than we promised”.
The minister said that frequency of abnormal (weather) events has increased but “let us not forget that this is not a new phenomenon”.