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India's general election: is climate agenda on the cards?

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: India's 2024 general elections are underway amidst a backdrop of severe climate-related events, including extreme heatwaves and devastating natural disasters
• Both major parties, the BJP and the Congress Party, have addressed climate change in their manifestos with commitments to renewable energy and environmental protection, though their campaigns have largely not centered on these issues

🔭 The context: Climate change issues were introduced into party manifestos in 2019 and have continued into this election cycle with both parties promising ambitious green initiatives
• However, these commitments are not heavily promoted during campaign rallies, despite ongoing environmental challenges faced by the nation

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: India, as the world's third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases and a rapidly growing economy, plays a crucial role in global environmental impact
• The election outcomes could significantly influence India's climate policies and its role in international environmental frameworks

⏭️ What's next: The next administration's commitment to fulfilling these climate promises will be key to addressing the ongoing and future climate crises
• With heightened global attention on India’s elections, the international community anticipates its impact on both local and global environmental strategies

💬 One quote: "My wants are simple, I want soft clean water, cheap electricity, and affordable healthcare," says Khairu Nisa, a tailor from Tamilnadu, highlighting the personal impact of climate issues on ordinary citizens.

📈 One stat: The country suffered extreme weather events on 318 days last year, impacting millions of lives and substantial agricultural areas.

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