On Friday, 17th February 2017, India marked a new milestone due to its innovative and forward-looking approach towards climate change. In order to make people aware of the harsh consequences of climate change and its devastating impacts on global ecology, India’s Science, Environment & Railway Ministry have mutually launched world’s largest “science exhibition on wheels”. Titled under “Science Express Climate Action Special train” or “Science Express”, the train is intended to create consciousness among people regarding climate change and its impacts on Indian ecology and economy.
The Science Express Climate Action Special train is flagged off mutually by Prakash Javadekar, the Union environment minister, Suresh Prabhu – the railway minister and science and technology minister Harsh Vardhan at Safdarjung railway station. Started from Vardhan at Safdarjung railway station, the train will travel to Tripura and North Bank of the Brahmaputra, including Agartala and Lumding in the northeast.
The Science Express Climate Action Special train is a custom-built 16-coach AC train, designed and developed by the Indian Railways. Yesterday, the special climate change-dedicated train embarked on its 205-day trip, during which, it will cover more than 19,000 km. In this 205-day voyage, the special train will flag off on 68 locations, spread over 20 states. Started on 17th February, the mission will go on until September 8, 2017.
For this year, the train is estimated to steer more than 30 lakh visitors. Out of 16 coaches, eight of the special train are focussed delivering relevant information, caste studies and materials for showcasing multiple aspects of climate change and its impacts. Mounted by the Environment Ministry, the exhibition train will also represent the fundamental knowledge, effects, alteration measures, potential improvement solutions and policy approaches to understanding the concept of climate change.