On September 5, 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was met with sharp criticism after his comments on climate change during his Q & A video conference session with school children across the country.
When a student from Assam raised concerns about climate change and asked Modi on steps to protect the environment, he said, "Climate has not changed. We have changed. Our habits have changed. Our habits have got spoiled. Due to that, we have destroyed our entire environment."
Modi further added that the elders often complain that it is colder than the previous year and that it is due to their age and tolerance level that they actually feel cold.
Now, fast-forward to 2017, the video has resurfaced on the Internet leaving many in disbelief who are now sharing the video on microblogging site Twitter.
Modi ji,on Climate change! He denies Climate change ; But, We people have changed ! What to do with Modi...! pic.twitter.com/FHjaqaeZYg — S Rajasekar 🇮🇳 (@srspdkt) October 25, 2017
Answer for those who are concerned about Climate change by legendary Dr MODI😂 Must (👁 👁) https://t.co/j2XgtDXFoJ — waheed Nageen (@gilgit77) October 25, 2017
I am huge fan of Modi but he doesn’t believe in Climate Change just like Trump. Could I be more worried? — Raj (@rajamanikamm) October 24, 2017
"The climate has not changed. Humans have." - Inspirational quotes from Narendra Modi and Donald Trump. — debmalya (@debmalyaray) October 25, 2017
did i just watch modi conveniently deny any possibility of world climate changing & claim it’s our tolerance towards it that has changed — ☭ (@haleemaaabbasi) October 25, 2017
In 2015, speaking at the United Nations conference in Paris, PM Modi said that India did not create the climate change menace but was suffering its consequences. Climate change is a major global challenge. But it is not of our making. It is the result of global warming that came from prosperity and progress of an industrial age powered by fossil fuel,” he said.
"But we in India face consequences. We see the risk to our farmers. We are concerned about rising oceans that threaten our 7,500 km of coastline and 1,300 islands. We worry about the glaciers that feed our rivers and nurture our civilisation."
Some on Twitter even drew comparisons between Modi and Donald Trump's take on climate change.
The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 6, 2012
"The climate has not changed.Humans have."- Inspirational quotes from Narendra Modi and Donald Trump.— debmalya (@debmalyaray) October 25, 2017
I am huge fan of Modi but he doesn’t believe in Climate Change just like Trump. Could I be more worried?— Raj (@rajamanikamm) October 24, 2017
However, there were many on social media who came out in defence of PM Modi and shared the longer version of the video in which Modi is seen saying, "If we change our habits, the environment will change. Humans shouldn't fight the nature but love it. Water, air, plants, we humans have to love them. We have forgotten that rivers are our mother hence Ganga river has become dirty."