KOLKATA: Citizens, including farmers, youths, and self-help group members, will join the six-day Cycle Yatra — Move for Earth — that will cover 800km in Bengal and connect with over 10,000 farmers, women and youths to map the climate action, which is already happening at the grass-root level. They will also create awareness on sustainable mobility, agriculture and renewable energy.
Flagged off by mayor Firhad Hakim, the Cycle Yatra will start from Kolkata on February 6 and then pass through Ranaghat, Krishnagore, Burdwan, Durgapur, Asansol, Purulia and culminate in Bankura on February 11.
“People at the grassroot levels are taking definitive steps toward the climate mitigation process with their age-old wisdom. It is very important to spread the messages across so that these sustainable ways of organic cultivation, water conservation, manure production, and reduction of plastic use, wider usage of solar power,” said Vinay Jaju, co-founder, SwitchON Foundation, whose solo-cycling from Kolkata will be joined by hundreds of villagers on its way.
The Cycle Yatra across Bengal is taking place as part of the ‘Move for Earth’ movement and it will engage farmers, youths, government, financiers, technologists and members of civil society organizations. This movement aims to unite and amplify the collective voice of Climate Champions, equip communities with key tools, resources, and new-age skills, and create a networked ecosystem for them to be the ambassadors of change.
“This is an important endeavour to encourage climate actions among people. There is an urgent need for this […]
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