"We have grown up in those traditions where nature is worshipped and where conserving nature is very important," Modi said on Monday.
"We have no right to exploit nature. This is not a part of our culture," he said at the inauguration of the two-day conference of state environment and forest ministers at Vigyan Bhawan here.
The prime minister also said that India was one of the most sensitive countries about nature. "Per person carbon emission in India is very less."
He also said that India has practiced the concepts of recycling and re-using for a long time. "We have not borrowed it from outside."
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that it was essential to maintain environmental balance.
"Our mandate is to save the nature using the best of the technologies," he said.