Science Express to Highlight Climate Change Issues in Indian Villages

Science Express to Highlight Climate Change Issues in Indian Villages
Science Express to Highlight Climate Change Issues in Indian Villages

The 9th phase called Climate Action Special (SECAS) of Science Express – a mobile science exhibition – was flagged off Friday from Delhi’s Safderjung Railway Station.

It will reach out to more than 600,000 villages in India to spread awareness about the climate change issues. The exhibition is open to all, but primarily targets students and teachers.

During its run across the country, the Railway station of the respective city will be the venue for visiting the train during 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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In the current phase, Science Express will embark on its journey of over 19,000 km to cover 68 locations across India till September 8, 2017 and is expected to attract 30 lakh (3 million) visitors.

Science Express is a mobile science exhibition mounted on a 16-coach AC train which has been custom-built for Department of Science & Technology (DST) by Indian Railways.

The exhibition was first launched in October 2007 by DST. Since then, it has made eight tours of the country, travelling about 142,000 km and exhibiting at 455 locations.

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Over its 1602 exhibition days, according to the government, Science Express received an overwhelming response and 1.56 crore (15.6 million) visitors.

In the picture above: The Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and the Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change (Independent Charge), Anil Madhav Dave flagging off the Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS) from Safderjung Railway Station, New Delhi on February 17, 2017.

The Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Ajay Narayan Jha and the Secretary, Ministry of Science & Technology & Earth Sciences, Ashuthosh Sharma are also seen.

Photo courtesy: Press Information Bureau

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