Mangaluru, March 26, 2016 : Science Express Climate Action special train, displaying the world of micro and macro cosmos, spreading the awareness about strengths of science in meeting global challenges, including latest discoveries and innovations in the field of modern science has arrived at Mangaluru Junction Railway station on March 25. It is open for public upto March 28 from 10 am to 5 pm.
This train gives an opportunity to the public, students, teachers, children and enthusiasts to understand and learn the intrinsic complexities of our climatic changes. It is a unique collaborative initiative of Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), and Ministry of Railway, Government of India. It has been travelling across India successfully for the past seven years. Flagged off on October 30, 2007 by the then Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh and German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel, the exhibition train has since then covered over 1,22,000 km across the country, receiving more than 1.33 crore visitors at its 391 halts, in 1404 days. Science Express has thus become the largest, the longest running and the most visited mobile science exhibition in India and has created six Limca Book of Records in its journey so far.
The train provides an opportunity to students to known about cutting-edge science and technology through exhibits, models and audio-visual displays put up in the coaches of Science Express.
After 7 successful tours across India, ‘’Science Express’’ has been redesigned on the theme ‘Climate Change’ and from October 15,2015, it is running as ’Science Express – Climate Action Special (SECAS)’. The state-of-the-art exhibition aboard the ’Science Express – Climate Action Special (SECAS)’ aims to create awareness among various sections of society, especially students, as to how Climate Change can be combated through mitigation and adaptation.
Of the 16 coaches of SECAS, exhibition in 8 coaches developed by Centre for Environment Education (CEE) on behalf of MoEFCC, GoI is exclusively devoted to information, case studies and material related to various aspect 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 not just school students but also the masses.