A new lease of LIFE for climate action | 20th October 2022 | UPSC Daily Editorial Analysis

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What's the article about?

  • It talks about the importance of the LiFE, or Lifestyle for Environment Mission in tackling the issues of the triple planetary crisis of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss.


  • GS3: Conservation, Environmental Pollution and Degradation; Prelims

What's the crux of the article?

  • This decade is experiencing the visible manifestations of human-induced climate change.
  • These are:
    • Nine of the warmest years
    • record-breaking heat waves, floods, droughts, and other extreme forms of weather
    • Climate change is a disruption multiplier in a disrupted world, rolling back progress across the global Sustainable Development Goals.

Importance of LiFE movement for India:

  • LiFE recognizes the importance of individual’s actions in dealing with climate change.
  • Like the Swachh Bharat Mission, India can start jan andolan & lead the world.
  • The LiFE mission also recognises that accountability is relative to contribution. (poor vs rich)
  • LiFE resonates with the global climate justice


  • needs guiding frameworks, information sharing and the scale of a global movement
  • Many of the goals of LIFE can be achieved by deploying ‘nudges’, gentle persuasion techniques to encourage positive behaviour

India’s efforts wrt Climate Change:

  • Panchamrit targets announced by Mr. Modi at COP26
  • International Solar Alliance,
  • Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure
  • South-South cooperation platforms

Way Forward:

  • While governments and industry carry the lion’s share of responsibility for responding to the crisis, consumers play a large role in driving unsustainable production methods which is highlighted by the LiFE Mission.

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