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While we're reaping the fruits of this technologically advanced 21st century, on the other hand it has exposed the human race to severe environmental challenges. Rapidly changing climate and its catastrophic effect is one such mammoth task that we need to mitigate.
Maharashtra has set an example for other states by taking an initiative to address this alarming situation by joining the Under 2 Coalition group.
This decision was taken as a part of the government's region-wide efforts to adopt sustainable development pathways.
Let's analyse this decision of Maharashtra and understand the significance of this Under 2 coalition group in detail.
The Under2 Coalition was formed in 2015. It's a global community of nearly 230 governments across the globe which are highly committed to tackle the climate crisis. It works in line with the Paris Agreement. Over 1.3 billion people and 43% of the global economy is represented under this coalition.
This organization gives an ideal platform to all the enrolled states worldwide to share their knowledge, ideas, innovation, monetary funds and newly developed technology to tackle these abruptly changing climatic conditions across the planet.
This international non-profit organization working for climate control is backed by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).
All the members of Under2 Coalition members commit to restrict the global temperature rise below 2°C in the present decade (2020-2030) by mobilising global leaders through the Net Zero Futures project.
It's way of working includes creating sustainable pathways, supporting states worldwide by capacity-building & accomplishing net zero targets and facilitating transparent funding to strengthen climate activities.
The most recent development arose in this context when Aaditya Thackeray, Maharashtra's state minister for Environment, announced that the state has taken this pivotal decision of entering into this coalition and strengthening its efforts towards becoming a climate-resilient state.
In an official statement he said - "Maharashtra is keen to work with its global counterparts and share the critical insights we all have observed through our interventions.”
The geographical location of Maharashtra epitomizes it's importance of becoming a part of this coalition as the state faces high climate risk with frequently occurring drought and floods in the last few years.
State possess very contrasting characteristics, existing in both types of situations along with abnormal sea-level rise in coastal areas.
This move by Maharashtra is being appreciated by global leaders.
Tim Ash Vie, Director, Under2 Coalition said -
“As one of the largest Indian states, this is a welcome boost for environmental leadership provided for the planet in South Asia” .
Maharashtra has stood the test of time as state has always been on forefront for climate adaptation & mitigation efforts, from sending water trains for quenching the thirst of drought prone areas, to creating potholes in collaboration for enhanced underwater conservation, to protecting the Aarey forest colony and 9,800 hectares of mangrove lands across the state. It has always been a leading warrior in the battle against adverse climate change.
It is indeed a commendable decision taken by the Maharashtra government to join this coalition. Other states should also follow in their footsteps as it provides a great forum for global leaders to join hands together, share their strategies to mitigate harsh challenges posed by climate change.
This article has been written by Kartik Bajare for The Paradigm
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