Emphasising that India will not backtrack from its commitment to a clean energy future, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday, "Paris or no Paris, it is our conviction that we have no right to snatch from our future generation their right to have a clean and beautiful earth."
Responding to a question at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, Modi said: "We should leave to the new generation an earth that is beautiful and clean."
Asked by the moderator on which side of the climate change debate he stood, and whether he disagreed with Donald Trump's stand, Modi said: "I don't think I should go this side or that. This subject is of future generations and I would go towards future generations. It is part of our thinking and for that reason we do not believe in exploitation of the nature. We people do not have the right to take more than necessary from nature."climate ] [ climate-summit ] [ environment ] [ global-warming ] [ nature ] [ paris ]