Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS)- Flagged off on 15th October 2015.  


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The exhibition-on-wheels, Science Express Climate Action Special, aims to sensitize people about climate change and its impacts. After its tremendous success in the first leg as Science Express, and then as Biodiversity Special, SECAS was flagged off from Safdarjung Railway Station, Delhi on October 15, 2015 at 12 noon by Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C) for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu and Hon’ble Union Minister for Ministry of Science & Technology & Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan. Hon’ble Minister of State for Ministry of Science & Technology & Earth Sciences Shri Y S Chowdary was also present on the occasion. Various impactful speeches by the dignitaries took place during the event. Later a tour of the train was made, wherein Hon’ble Minister of State (I/C) for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Shri Prakash Javadekar also signed one of the panels. He termed it as ‘world's first mass education programme on wheels’. The journey of SECAS will cover about 19,500 km and halt at 64 locations, spreading over 20 states. It will be open to visitors from 10 am to 5 pm. After being in Delhi for three days, the train will move to Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan on October 18. This state-of-the-art exhibition aboard SECAS aims at creating awareness among various sections of the society, especially students, about various issues & challenges associated with Climate Change and how it can be combated through mitigation and adaptation. Before concluding its journey at Gandhinagar, Gujarat on May 4 next year, the train will halt at Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Patiala, Haridwar, Agra Cantt, Allahabad, Basti, Bilaspur among other cities. Of the 16 coaches of SECAS, the exhibitions in 8 coaches have been developed by the Centre for Environment Education (CEE), a Centre of Excellence of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEF&CC).


These coaches will be devoted exclusively for information, case studies and material related to various aspects of Climate Change, the underlying science, impacts, adaptation activities, mitigation solutions and policy approaches in a manner that is easy to understand and interesting for the masses at large. The rest of the train will contain exhibitions on various themes like the wildlife and nature conservation work being carried out by different research institutions across India, India’s development in the field of Biotechnology, innovations in science and technology, DST scholarships & schemes, and careers in science and technology. In one of the coaches, a ‘kid’s zone’ has been created to indulge them in fun-filled activities including games and puzzles in science, mathematics and environment. The Joy of Science (JOS) hands-on lab has once again been put up, so that the students could perform experiments and activities to understand the concepts in environment, science and mathematics. A discussion centre-cum-training facility to orient the teachers has also been set up. At every halt of the SECAS, activities are planned in advance to engage visitors across different age groups to reinforce its message. An exciting and much sought-after Outreach Programme will also be conducted in local schools/institutions, along with activities on the railway platforms. In addition, informative take-away material will be made available for wider distribution amongst schools and visitors.