On February 17, Friday, the world’s largest science exhibition on wheels, Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS) started off its latest lag.
The 16-coach AC Science Express Climate Action Special train, custom-built by the Indian Railways, will embark on a 205-day journey of over 19,000 km to cover 68 locations across India till September 8, 2017. The train was designed and prepared at Gandhinagar Railway Station by city-based Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC) along with other partners. The train was dedicated to the climate change for the second consecutive year.
It was flagged off jointly by union environment minister Anil Madhav Dave, science minister Harsh Vardhan and railway minister Suresh Prabhu from the Safdarjung Railway Station in Delhi.
“Climate Change is a big threat for the mankind, we can tackle through collaborative efforts,” Suresh Prabhu told reporters after the flag off.
In its previous seven outings, the exhibition has created a number of records. The train is expected to attract 30 lakh visitors this year. This is the ninth tour of the Science Express since 2007. It holds the record for the largest, longest running and most visited mobile science exhibition with six entries in Limca Book of Records.
Anil Madhav Dev said, “The aim is to transform this vehicle into a peoples’ movement and to motivate people to take individual actions and initiatives to fight climate change.”
Dave added that to tackle climate change everyone’s role has to be determined and in future the train will reach 6.5 lakh villages.
“Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India has played a key role in initiating climate action plan during Paris meet,” Prabhu said.
Minister of Science Harsh Vardhan said that the role of school students is most critical in making the Science Express a peoples’ movement.
“Over 1.5 crore visitors and students from 33,801 schools have visited the Science Express till now,” Harsh Vardhan pointed out.
Dilip Surkar, director, VASCSC, said that the run is taking place after landmark COP 21 in Paris and subsequent meet on Paris Agreement at Marrakech in November 2016. “A number of exhibits are updated accordingly with new information on the central government’s policies and overall world scenario. Climate change has both short-term and long-term impacts and our effort is to communicate it and the possible mitigation to all sections of the society,” he said.