TW Newsdesk, Feb 06: Smt. Aparna Sen, Ms. Andrea Jeske and Ms Priyadarshini Hakim flagged off started the Move for Earth movement, a six-day Cycle Yatra across West Bengal to celebrate and inspire Climate Action by SwitchON Foundation. The cycle yatra, which started from Kolkata will cover 800km in Bengal passing through Ranaghat, Krishnanagar, Burdwan, Durgapur, Asansol, Purulia and culminate in Bankura on February 11, 2023.
Speaking about the initiative, Mr Vinay Jaju, co-founder of SwitchON Foundation said “During the journey we wish to connect with the farmers, women and youth of the areas to address the issues of clean air and sustainable mobility, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy.
Also attending the occasion, Deputy Consul Ms. Andrea Jeske – Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Kolkata expressed “I congratulate SwitchON Foundation for this great initiative and wish them our best wishes for the important task of awareness creation among the youths on environment and climate solutions”. She further added “Move for the Earth is a great way to connect our farmers and youth over the various climate solutions and encourage them to take action”
“I am very happy that SwitchON Foundation is organizing this special initiative called ‘Move for Earth’. This is the most important issue and will certainly compliment the current efforts of state government to build awareness among farmers and youth, and inspire them to take necessary actions”, added Ms Aparna Sen, Indian Film Director.
Ms Priyadarshini Hakim said “Kolkata is highly vulnerable to the climate crisis. I am very happy that SwitchON Foundation has undertaken this initiative. This is the most important issue and will certainly complement the current efforts of state government to build awareness among farmers and youth and inspire them to take necessary actions.”
SwitchON Foundation is a Kolkata based award-winning not-for-profit entity, working across four major verticals – Clean Energy, Water, Climate Smart Agriculture, Skilling and Sustainable Cities. The main motto of ‘Move for Earth’ movement is to celebrate and inspire Climate Action with a purpose to build a smarter and brighter future for ourselves, our children, our farmers and life on earth. The whole movement would cover cycling over 3,000 km across different states in East India.
This initiative will encourage urgent climate action and facilitate purposeful events and activities that will range from skill development training, stakeholder meetings, seed festivals and buyer-seller meets, to handicraft fairs, millet and tech expos, street art and puppet shows. In each state the ride will conclude with a Citizens Jury for Earth in which small groups of farmers and urban youth will interact with experts and get involved in the process of making recommendations on our collective future, leveraging the values of democratic decision making.
The pop-up cycle ride in Kolkata saw cyclists cycling in East Kolkata Wetlands – often referred to as the kidneys of Kolkata , Newtown and in the centre of the city . Similar pop-up cycle rides were organised by cycling enthusiasts and climate-conscious folk in cities, towns and villages, all with one common cause – to raise awareness and inspire climate action.