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Sangma: Towards a Silicon Valley for green-based products

Pandemic pales away before climate change

Meghalaya plans climate change museum

Climate change is going to be devastating, said Meghalaya Minister James Sangma

SHILLONG, Oct 5 (The CONNECT) - Pandemic is nothing, but climate change is going to be devastating, said James Sangma, Minister for Forest & Environment and Power, Meghalaya while delivering a keynote address virtually on Monday night on day one of the TiE Sustainability Summit 2021.

As much as 76% of our land is forested.  It is one of the top five states for biodiversity. Meghalaya has a unique forest economy, he said indicated that “We want to be a Silicon Valley for green-based products.”  Forests are the best carbon removal investments and reforestation strategies and improving forest management together have a large potential to remove CO2 from the atmosphere, he said.

Meghalaya is one of the major pineapple producing states in India. It contributes 8% of the total pineapple produced in India.  Pineapple is the most important fruit crop of the state, he said and disclosed that the State is working on PineApple for Vegan leather. 

“We are also building a consensus to introduce climate change as a subject in the school curriculum to sensitise children.  A climate change museum is also being planned to inspire action on the climate crisis.

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