Science Express is a unique mobile science exhibition displayed on a 16 coach AC train which has been custom made and built by the Indian Railways for the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
Launched first in 2007, it has already completed eight tours of the country, travelling 14,2000 km and exhibiting at 455 different stations in India.
Science Express also made its way into the Limca Book of Records six times for being the longest running and the most visited mobile science exhibition. It has received more than 1.56 crore visitors over its 1602 exhibition days in the past.
The 9th phase of Science Express was flagged off at Safdarjunj Station in New Delhi on February 17th. It was flagged off by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Minister of State Manoj Sinha. The SECAS (Science Express Climate Action Special) will run from February 17 to September 8, aiming to cover over 19,000 km and exhibited at 68 stations in India.
The exhibition will convey a message about Climate Change and will also be a good opportunity to generate a dialogue and discussion.
SECAS aims to create awareness among various sections of society, with a special focus on youth as to how climate change can be combated through mitigation and adaptation.
Some of the broad themes of the coaches include underlying reasons for climate change, explaining that the present change in the climate is due to human activities, impact of climate change and ways to reduce it. Coaches have been dedicated to adaptation strategies and measures being taken by India among others.
It also includes various programmes implemented, international negotiations for climate change with notes on the Paris climate change. It focuses on the drastic effects of lifestyle choices on environment and what one can do to increase the handprint and decrease ones footprint.
Also, three coaches of the train are fitted with solar panels on the roof top.
Eight coaches developed by MoEFCC are exclusively devoted to information, case studies and material related to various aspects of climate change, the underlying science and policy approaches in a manner that are easy to understand and interesting across different age groups.
The SECAS is a unique collaborative initiative of DST, Ministry of Railways, Govt of India, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (MoEFCC), Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Wildlife Institute of India (WII) along with Vikram A Sarabhai Community Science Centre (VASCSC).