Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu has expressed deep concern over the impact of climate change and global warming on the situation of small islands across the world and called for efforts to limit temperature levels so that smaller islands and their sublime beauty stays intact and islanders are saved from displacement.
Expressing concern over the effects, Mr Naidu said it was unfair that small islands whose percentage of overall emissions is minimal, pay the price for the negligence of big nations.
“Rising sea level, storm surges, flooding and coastal erosion pose a great threat to the inhabitants of various islands across the world,” he said in a Facebook post after concluding his two-day official tour to the Lakshadweep islands. He further added that inhabitants of various islands across the world are affected by rising sea levels, storm surges, flooding, and coastal erosion.
He then appreciated the administration of Lakshadweep for their endless efforts to preserve the coastal environment while promoting tourism. He further urged other tourism states and UTs to follow their model of approach in adopting ecotourism.
Drawing attention to the natural diversity of India, Naidu said, “we cannot deny that India has the best of everything when it comes to tourism. Be it the mighty Himalayas, the architectural wonders of Rajasthan, the crystal clear lakes in Himachal Pradesh, the spiritual getaways in Uttarakhand, the incredible beaches of Goa …” The Vice President urged everyone to travel widely in India to experience the diverse and beautiful aspects of the country.
Naidu then urged tourists to be responsible travellers considering the safety and well-being of local people and mother nature. He also appreciated the role Lakshadweep residents play in maintaining the island clean.
Vice President Naidu on his first state visit to the Union Territory of Lakshadweep inaugurated two Colleges of Arts & Sciences in Kadmat and Androth islands. He was received by the Administrator of the UT, Praful Patel and was accorded a guard of honour on his arrival.