Maharashtra became the only Indian state to win one of the three awards by U2 in Scotland. Maharashtra won the Inspiring Regional Leadership Award from Under2 Coalition for Climate Action. The state government in Maharashtra has created a culture of climate action in Maharashtra.
On behalf of the state, Aditya Thackeray, Maharashtra’s Environment Minister, received the award and said, “This state wants to lead the way in India to tackle climate change. The Chief Minister (Uddhav Thackeray) is a passionate wildlife enthusiast and conservationist, and he has given us the opportunity to dream of a better future, a greener future. We have started with a movement called Majhi Vasundhara, which means My Planet. We are focussing on the traditional five elements of nature.”
He further added, “Just recently we’ve solarised a highway and we will be generating 250 MW of energy. We have put out the tender document and we will be generating 250MW solar energy from the new highway between Mumbai and Nagpur.”
On a personal note, he added, “My name Aditya also means the sun and in India, we have been worshipping the sun god as the seed of the universe. In most of our ancient texts, the sun god holds a primary position.”
British Columbia won the award for Creative Climate Solutions and Quebec bagged award for Climate Partnerships. The youngest minister in the cabinet of Maharashtra government handles Environment, Tourism and Protocol department. In the Glasgow, Scotland, Aaditya Thackeray said, “We strongly believe that it is high time we put in collective efforts and meaningful actions to work on this global issue that sees no borders of geography, race, nationality or gender. We are truly delighted to have been recognized by the Under2 Coalition for our heartfelt ongoing contribution towards climate action.”