The State Council for Climate Change will present a strategy to prevent the climate crisis within a month.
Waging a focussed war against the rising impact of climate change in the state, the Maharashtra government announced the formation of a state-wide council for the same, on Wednesday. This designated board is expected to draft a climate control action plan for Maharashtra to mitigate the "climate emergency". As announced by the Environment Minister of the state, the State Council for Climate Change (SCCC) will present a strategy to fight the challenges of the climate crisis, within a month.
State Council to derive corrective measures against climate threat
Maharashtra government has started to line up its first line of defence against the climate change warning, as reported by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). A State Council under the guidance of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackerey will derive corrective measures to mitigate and adapt to a changed climate situation here. Maharashtra has been on the receiving end of an altered climatic condition and global warning, with reduced rains, increase in warmer days and shortened winters.
The state administration has already launched a slew of 'green' projects, including the EV Policy and conservation of the Aarey Forest, among others. However, the need to have a dedicated forum for climate change has been brought under the spotlight to ensure a synergetic approach of all public departments towards a common goal of saving the environment.
An inter-departmental approach to tackle climate change
Today @MahaEnvCC Dept presented the @IPCC_CH report to the Cabinet.
We recognise the importance of climate change mitigation and adaptation, and the need to act now.
Cabinet approved the formation of State Council for Climate Change- to be chaired by the Hon'ble Chief Minister
— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) September 1, 2021
In the coming month, several interdepartmental conferences will be held in Maharashtra to finalise the ambition of the government. As per officials, five sectors, namely energy, agriculture, industries, transport and urban development are under the radar of immediate action and therefore, joint meetings will be held. These stakeholders will be answerable to the State Council.
"We look forward to interacting with climate scientists, experts, enthusiasts globally while we make progress in the climate action plan. The time to act is now, and we hope other states will join in.", tweeted the Environment Minster, from the Maharashtra state cabinet.
What is the scope of the Climate Action Plan?
In the first phase, a prototype model of the Climate Action Plan will be introduced in the state capital. Termed as the Mumbai Climate Action Plan (MCAP), the strategy will look after resilience against altered climate conditions, in the following 6 key areas:
- Sustainable waste management
- Urban greening and biodiversity
- Urban flooding and water resource management
- Building energy efficiency
- Air quality
- Sustainable mobility.
All measures developed under this programme will be targeted at decarbonising the power sector. For instance, the focus will shift towards an electric transport system, rather than a motor-run. Reforms in the agricultural sector and avenues of sustainable development will also be explored.