World Environment Day is observed on June 5th, a global event aimed at raising environmental awareness and inspiring collective action to protect our planet. The MoEFCC’s World Environment Day celebration in 2023 will centre on Mission LiFE, emphasizing the importance of this project in conserving our natural resources.
What Is Mission LiFE?
Mission LiFE is India’s project to combat climate change and promote sustainable living, which will be launched during the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow in 2021. It is associated with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. The project emphasizes the need for precise and scientific solutions to the environmental challenge by emphasizing thoughtful and conscious lifestyle choices to prevent excessive consumption.
On World Environment Day 2022, India established the LiFE Global Movement, inviting researchers, start-ups, and academics from around the world to share their ideas to collaboratively address the environmental challenge. Mission LiFE adheres to the P3 model, which emphasises a lifestyle for, by, and of the planet, with a focus on Pro Planet People. To balance development, economic growth, and sustainability, the project pushes for a circular economy that prioritises reducing, reusing, and recycling.
Mission LiFE aspires to make each person a trustee of the environment, responsible for nurturing and maintaining it. The initiative aims to change the collective approach to sustainability by nudging individuals to take environmentally friendly actions, enabling industries and markets to respond quickly to changing demand, and influencing government and industrial policies to support sustainable consumption and production.
From 2022 to 2027, the mission’s ultimate goal is to mobilize at least one billion Indians and global citizens to take individual and collective action to protect and preserve the environment by replacing the prevalent use-and-dispose economy with a circular economy based on conscious and deliberate consumption.
National Objectives Of Mission LiFE
Mission LiFE symbolizes India’s commitment to mitigating climate change by adopting a scientific and measurable program based on its Pro Planet People (P3) paradigm, which promotes a circular economy and fosters intentional and mindful consumption. Despite producing only 1.5 tones of carbon dioxide per capita per year, compared to the global average of 4 tones, India is taking additional steps to reduce its carbon footprint.
India is a renewable energy leader, with the fourth-largest wind energy capacity and the fifth-largest solar energy capacity, and its renewable energy capacity has increased by about 290% in the last 7-8 years. India has already met its target of generating 40% of its electricity from non-fossil fuel sources, nine years ahead of schedule.
Another program aimed at achieving a net-zero carbon footprint is India’s National Hydrogen Mission, and the country’s leadership in the International Solar Alliance underlines its commitment to supporting renewable energy. The formation of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure by India indicates to the rest of the world its commitment to environmental conservation.
To combat climate change, India has initiated many efforts, including the National Afforestation Program (NAP), National Mission for a Green India (GIM), National Action Plan on Climate Change (NAPCC), and National Biodiversity Action Plan.
Global Objectives Of Mission LiFE
Leading global scholars are invited to submit research proposals and ideas on how individuals, communities, and institutions can adopt environmentally friendly actions in a measurable and attributable way. The goal is to gather innovative and practical solutions to combat climate change and promote sustainable living. The top five ideas will be recognized at an international LiFE conference scheduled for June 2023.
NITI Aayog and MoEFCC, in collaboration with the United Nations India, will produce a comprehensive collection of conventional and modern best practices from across the world that promote the adoption of eco-friendly lifestyles by individuals and communities. This collection, known as the LiFE Compendium of Global Best and Traditional Practices, will serve as a repository for such practices.
To collaborate with other nations, the MoEFCC and the Ministry of External Affairs, aided by NITI Aayog, will work together to consistently identify and enhance the ability of countries across the globe to execute Mission LiFE for their people.
The aim of Mission LiFE is to promote sustainable lifestyles and demonstrate their positive impact on the environment. Through this initiative, India hopes to inspire the global community to adopt LiFE and work towards establishing an International LiFE Day, which could be recognized by the United Nations General Assembly.
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Mission LiFE – FAQs
Q1: What is the aim of Mission LiFE?
Ans: The aim of Mission LiFE is to promote sustainable lifestyles and demonstrate their positive impact on the environment, inspiring the global community to adopt LiFE and work towards establishing an International LiFE Day, which could be recognized by the United Nations General Assembly.
Q2: What is the LiFE Compendium of Global Best and Traditional Practices?
Ans: The LiFE Compendium of Global Best and Traditional Practices is a comprehensive collection of conventional and modern best practices from across the world that promote the adoption of eco-friendly lifestyles by individuals and communities, produced by NITI Aayog and MoEFCC in collaboration with the United Nations India.
Q3: What is the P3 model associated with Mission LiFE?
Ans: The P3 model is a lifestyle for, by, and of the planet, with a focus on Pro Planet People. To balance development, economic growth, and sustainability, the project pushes for a circular economy that prioritizes reducing, reusing, and recycling.