Maharashtra has won the Inspirational Regional Leadership Award from the Under 2 Coalition for Climate Action and has become the only Indian state in Scotland to win one of the three awards by U2. Maharashtra Environment Minister Aditya Thackeray accepted the award on behalf of the state.
Speaking in Glasgow, the minister said, “This state wants to show India the way to tackle climate change. The Chief Minister (Uddhav Thackeray) is an enthusiastic wildlife enthusiast and conservationist, and he has given us the opportunity to dream better. Future, a green future. We have started a movement called Majhi Bashundhara.” , Which means My Planet. We are focusing on the five traditional elements of nature. “
The minister also spoke about how the state government is looking at clean energy and moving away from conventional energy like heat or coal energy. “Recently we have solarized a highway and we will generate 250 MW of power. We have submitted tender documents and we will generate 250 MW of solar power from the new highway between Mumbai and Nagpur.”
In a personal note, he added, “My name Aditya also means sun and in India, we have been worshiping the sun god as the seed of the universe. In most of our ancient texts, the sun god has an early position.”
Maharashtra’s efforts towards climate conservation at a tribal level have been recognized by the Under 2 Coalition, the largest global network of states and territories committed to climate action. The other two awards were won by British Columbia (Canada) for Creative Climate Solutions and Quebec (Canada) for Climate Partnership. Maharashtra (India) has sent entries for all three divisions of U2 – Inspired Regional Leadership, Creative Climate Solutions and Climate Partnership.
In Glasgow, Scotland, Maharashtra Minister for Environment, Tourism and Protocol Aditya Thackeray said, “We firmly believe that the time has come for us to work together and take meaningful steps to address this global issue, regardless of geography, caste, nationality or gender.” We are really pleased to be recognized by the Under2 Coalition for our sincere ongoing contribution to climate action. “
Mr Thackeray, the youngest cabinet minister in the state government, holds an environmental portfolio in one of India’s most industrialized states. He has declared more than 9,800 hectares of mangroves as protected areas and has led Maharashtra’s efforts to tackle climate change by launching the country’s first state-wide program on climate change mitigation and adaptation.
Maharashtra’s entry highlighted how the state government has succeeded in creating a culture of climate action in Maharashtra, which has cost $ 2 billion due to climate-related disasters last year. The state has joined the United Nations Race to Zero Initiative and the C40 Cities initiative to tackle global climate change.