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LiFE Movement- Lifestyle for the Environment Launched

LiFE Movement- Relevance for UPSC Exam

LiFE Movement: Recently launched LiFE Movement initiative is relevant for UPSC aspirants. LiFE Movement will come under environment, and conservation section of the General Studies Paper 3 of the UPSC Syllabus.

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LiFE Movement in News

  • Recently, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched a global initiative ‘Lifestyle for the Environment – LiFE Movement’ via video conference.
  • The launch of LiFE Movement will initiate ‘LiFE Global Call for Papers’ inviting ideas and suggestions from academics, universities & research institutions etc.
  • LiFE Movement will influence and persuade individuals, communities and organisations across the world to adopt an environment-conscious lifestyle.

BASIC countries at Glasgow Summit (CoP 26) of UNFCCC


What is LiFE Movement?

  • About: The idea of LiFE promotes an environment-conscious lifestyle that focuses on ‘mindful and deliberate utilisation’ instead of ‘mindless and destructive consumption.
    • The LiFE Movement is a global initiative for ensuring sustainable lifestyle of human beings and protecting the planet.
    • LiFE Movement global initiative was proposed by the Prime Minister of India at COP26, he UN’s climate summit in Glasgow.
  • Vision: The vision of LiFE is to live a lifestyle that is in tune with our planet and does not harm it.
    • Those who live such a lifestyle are called “Pro-Planet People”.
  • Mission: Mission LiFE borrows from the past, operates in the present and focuses on the future.
    • LiFE initiative uses the concept of Reduce, Reuse and Recycle that are woven into our life.
    • The Circular Economy has been an integral part of India’s culture and lifestyle and LiFE initiative’s mission is to harness this.

COP26 Glasgow Summit of UNFCC- India’s Commitments


India’s Achievements Towards a Sustainable Future

  • India’s forest cover is increasing and so is the population of lions, tigers, leopards, elephants and rhinos.
  • India’s commitment to reach 40% of installed electric capacity from non-fossil fuel-based sources has been achieved, 9 years ahead of schedule.
  • The target of 10% ethanol blending in petrol has been achieved 5 months ahead of the November 2022 target.
    • This is a major accomplishment given that blending was hardly 1.5% in 2013-14 and 5% in 2019-20.
  • India’s local initiatives like POSHAN, ASHA, and Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is also helping in financial inclusion and localising the initiative.


India’s Commitments at COP26 Glasgow- Key Commitments made by India

  • India’s Target by 2030:
    • India will ensure 50% of its energy will be sourced from renewable energy sources.
    • India will reduce its carbon emissions by 2030 by a billion tonnes.
    • India will also reduce its emissions intensity per unit of GDP by less than 45%.
    • India would also install 500 Gigawatt of renewable energy by 2030, a 50 GW increase from its existing targets.
  • India’s Target by 2070: India will aim to achieve net-zero emissions latest by 2070.
    • This is in contrast to India’s run-up to the COP where it had strongly resisted demands by developed countries to take on net-zero targets.
  • Impact on India: Taking on net-zero targets, requires a sharp shift to clean energy sources that several experts have opined, which will impose a steep cost on India.

UN Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP 26)


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