India, South Africa collaborate to Tackle Climate Change
By Nneka Nwogwugwu
BRICS nations, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, have joined forces for continuous collaborations to tackle climate change.
The countries have agreed to work in close proximity to tackle the challenges of climate change ahead of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity in October and the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference in November.
India’s Union Minister for Environment, Bhupender Yadav, in a recent statement, he said BRICS countries can significantly address the contemporary global challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, air pollution, and marine plastic litter and other identified areas of focus.
“BRICS countries being hotspots for biodiversity can tell the world how we have been conserving such mega diversity since time immemorial and can also play a very significant role in combating the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Yadav, at the 7th meeting of the BRICS Environment Ministerial, 2021.
As part of efforts to begin implementation of measures, the countries have started sharing their climate change initiatives.
For example, India shared its renewable energy target and plans in renewable energy, sustainable habitats, creating carbon sinks, transition to sustainable transport, etc.
Additionally, China has also set up its goal to act on climate challenges. China pledged to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060 in December 2020.