Science Express: Climate awareness on wheels

Science Express: Climate awareness on wheels

Ahead of the Paris climate summit, the Central government has flagged off a “Science Express” special train on Thursday, to spread awareness on climate change and its consequences.

The train will travel almost 20,000 km in the next eight months, halting at 64 locations in 20 states, informing the students and public about the climate change, its dangerous fall outs, adaptation and mitigation measures and international climate negotiations.

Flagged off from the Delhi Safderjung station by three Union ministers — Prakash Javadekar, Harsh Vardhan and Suresh Prabhu, the train will travel to Rajasthan first and then the rest of the country. It will stop at four Karnataka stations between the last week of March and second week of April 2016.

The electricity for three coaches of Science Express will come from the overhead solar panels.

“Each of these solar powered coaches save 1700 litres of diesel every year. If these techniques are adopted large scale, the Railways can save 100 million litres of diesel every year,” said Union Science Minister Harsh Vardhan.

Javadekar said while the world is discussing climate change, India was running a climate action express train as the world’s first mass education programme on wheels on climate change.

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