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Entire Public Transport System In Guwahati Will Run On Green Energy By 2026: Assam CM

Under the Mission LiFE initiative, week-long activities will be carried out across all districts of Assam, addressing seven identified categories, including saving energy and water, reducing plastic and e-waste, and healthy lifestyles

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Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma launched Mission LiFE in Guwahati

Guwahati: In a move to educate the masses on LiFE actions for promoting sustainable living and helping people tackle climate change, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday (March 21) launched Mission LiFE in Assam in Guwahati. It may be noted that Mission LiFE is a weeklong programme which is an initiative of the Science Technology and Climate Change Department to launch Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Mission LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment).

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It may be noted that Mission LiFE is a weeklong programme which is an initiative of the Science Technology and Climate Change Department to launch Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Mission LiFE (Lifestyle for Environment).

The Mission in Assam will be followed by a weeklong series of activities to be carried out at the district level addressing all seven categories of LiFE actions from 22 to 28 March 2023.

The seven categories of actions will be observed spanning seven days. The first day will be dedicated to saving water, second day save energy, the third day to reduce single-use plastic, the fourth day adopt sustainable food systems, the fifth day reduce waste, the sixth day reduce E-Waste, seventh day adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Minister Sarma said that global warming is an alarming threat which is looming large on the lives of the planet.

Himanta Biswa Sarma said,

As an outcome of global warming, unprecedented flood and drought, drinking water scarcity etc are becoming very evident with a plausible impact on the economy. In such circumstances there is a growing need for awareness on the mass people to comprehend the adverse effects of global warming on nature as well as on flora and fauna.

Also Read: Temperature Expected To Go Up By 2.2 Degrees Celsius By 2050 In Assam

The Assam Chief Minister also said that over the last few years, there has been considerable shrinkage of wetland and green coverage in Guwahati. As a result, the people of the city along with its neighbours are facing acute problems with regard to health and their surroundings.

CM Sarma said,

Though people have theoretical knowledge of climate change and its adverse effects, there is a need for everybody to change their lifestyle and take actionable steps to reverse the trends of environmental degradation.

Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has been advocating for clean and green energy, CM Sarma also said that in view of the nation’s vision for generating 500 GW of solar power by 2030, the Government of Assam has taken several steps to contribute to the nation’s march towards green energy.

He informed that his government has already initiated processes to produce 3000 MW of solar power.

He also said that to cut down carbon emission, State government is introducing electric vehicles in Guwahati and by 2026 entire public transport will be run on non-fossil fuel and electricity.

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CM Sarma also said that his government is also taking various nature-friendly steps like using earthen wares instead of plastic cups etc.

He said that the effort will greatly be helpful in reviving the earthenware market.

CM Sarma said,

State government in Assam in view of the encroachment of the forest land has taken steps to recover 6067 hector forest land from the encroachers. This has helped the state to restore its green coverage to a great extent.

He on this occasion urged upon everybody to lend their hands for the success of Mission LiFE.

He said that adherence of the people to Mission LiFE will help the state in conserving water, saving energy and promoting a desirable lifestyle for the judicious use of natural resources.

The Assam Chief Minister on occasion presented Climate Resilient Village Fellowship Cards to some competent fellows to direct their efforts and energy for environmental protection.

He also distributed prizes to the winners who secured positions in the art competition organised in view of Mission LiFE.

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NDTV – Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via the Banega Swachh India initiative, which is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ populationindigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental wellbeing, self care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity, which is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.

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