Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Thakur Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu has made an appeal to the people of the state to be part of ‘Earth Hour’, to be observed under the theme ‘The Biggest Hour for Earth’ on March 25.
He said that it was an endeavor of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to raise awareness about the conservation of nature and climate change – the two biggest threats facing the planet today.
He urged the people of the State to switch off all non-essential lights on March 25 for one hour between 8.30 PM to 9.30 PM to support this mission.
The chief minister said this mission would go a long way in creating a better and healthy environment for future generations.
He said that the present state government is also working in this direction and has initiated effective steps to develop Himachal Pradesh as a ‘Green Energy State’ by March 31, 2026.
Steps were also taken to encourage the use of electric vehicles to reduce carbon emissions in the state.
Apart from this private bus operators and truck operators would be given a subsidy of 50 percent for purchase of e-buses and e-trucks besides 50 per cent subsidy for establishing charging stations.
The Chief Minister said that degradation of the environment was a big challenge globally and the present State Government has gone for a green budget for the year 2023-24.
This will not only conserve the natural environment of the state but also mitigate the problem of climate change.