United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, called on India to take the lead in transforming global economic, energy, and health systems to save lives, create inclusive economies, and avert the threat of climate change.
Guterres was addressing the 19th Darbari Seth Memorial Lecture, an annual lecture series initiated by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in 2002 in the memory of the institute’s founder and noted technocrat-industrialist, Darbari Seth.
Guterres spoke on ‘The Rise of Renewables: Shining a Light on A Sustainable Future’ and stressed India’s role as a global leader. He said, “India can become a true global superpower in the fight against climate change if it speeds up its shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy.”
The Secretary-General outlined how switching to clean energy could benefit millions worldwide at a time when the pandemic puts sustainable development at risk, which will further worsen with climate change.