Yoga, understood as an approach to life and respect for the environment, could help us save the planet. Narendra Modi, the new Prime Minister of India, reminds us of this. His failure to participate in the New York climate summit was believed to be a bad sign for the fate of the planet, as India, like China, Europe and the United States, is also involved in the greenhouse effect and global warming.
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Lo Yoga, understood as an approach to life and respect for the environment, could help us save the planet. It reminds us Narendra Modi, the new prime minister of India. His failure to participate in the New York climate summit was believed to be a bad sign for the fate of the planet, as India, like China, Europe and the United States, is also involved in the greenhouse effect and global warming.
But now Narendra Modi wanted to make his story known to the whole world position on climate change. And probably no international authority had ever approached the subject in such a philosophical and profound way, going to the roots of the culture of a millenary civilization.
According to the Indian Prime Minister, Yoga could be the solution to climate change. In his opinion, India is able to reach the same level of development, prosperity and well-being without necessarily following the path of reckless consumption. This does not mean that the economies will suffer negative effects, but that they will take on a different character.
"For us, in India, respect for nature is an integral part of the spiritual life. We treat Nature's gifts as sacred. Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition, it embodies the unity of mind and body, thought and action, moderation and contentment, harmony between man and Nature, with a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not a question of simple physical exercise, but of discovering the sense of unity with oneself, the world and Nature. Changing our lifestyle can help us cope with climate change".
The Indian Prime Minister has decided to start working towards adopting one International Yoga Day. So, if you are looking for a new unity between mind and body or if you are simply worried about how greenhouse gas emissions from industrial activities are causing the planet to warm, here it is. Yoga can become the answer to finding a new balance.
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Of course, India still faces serious problems, such as hunger and poverty, the hope is that all of this will happen according to the principles of sustainable development and moderation. These are the same guidelines that countries that have already achieved maximum wealth should finally begin to follow in order to survive, perhaps with an eye towards happy degrowth, which in no way indicates a return to poverty, but an alternative way to conserve the planet's resources. The cooperation of the Indian prime minister will be essential to reach a climate agreement at the negotiations that will take place in Paris in 2015. Will a broader vision help the whole world?