India Flags off Science Express Train to Spread Awareness about Climate Change
Climate change is one of the looming threats to our planet. Awareness about climate change, its principal causes and major effects is a pressing need of the hour. Only one continent or country or community or group is not responsible for climate change. This colossal threat to earth is a collective outcome of all human and non-human activities around the world. Though India’s budget 2017 failed to deliver on environmentalists’ expectations about a big boost for climate change, there are individual efforts across the country to combat climate change. For instance, Kerala’s Cochin International Airport became independent of electricity by installing solar panels. It is the world’s first solar-powered airport. Kolkata International Airport is planning to operate on solar power.
The latest effort to spread awareness about climate change across India is a Science Express train. Yesterday, Indian Railways flagged off the Science Express train in collaboration with the ministries of environment, science and technology. Named Science Express Climate Action Special, the train will be on the run through 68 stations across the country for 7 months. The 16-coach train will also halt at Lumding in Assam and travel to Tripura.
Case studies, campaigns and various materials related to climate change will be on display in eight coaches of the Science Express Climate Action Special train. The environment ministry planned and designed the exhibitions in such a way so as to make the masses, including school students, understand the impacts of climate change, and the governmental policies. The exhibits are also focused on socio-environmental activities and solutions.
The objective of the Science Express Climate Action Special train is to empower the working class, school students and common people in general with the right information, ideas and facts about climate change so that they can be motivated to make every possible effort to save environment. The train houses a kids’ zone with games, puzzles and fun-filled activities in environmental science.
Since solar energy is also a mission of Indian Railways, the Science Express Climate Action Special train’s three coaches are equipped with solar panels on the roof. The train will halt at each of 68 stations. Gandhinagar is its last destination.