Gandhi Peace Park and Solar Garden at UN Headquarters | 26 Sep 2019

During the United Nations Climate Summit, the Prime Minister of India also inaugurated the Gandhi Solar Park and Gandhi Peace Garden at the headquarters of the United Nations.

  • This underlines the importance of Gandhiji's principles as a moral compass for the world which grapples with challenges of climate change, terrorism, and corruption.
  • On the occasion, a special UN Postage stamp on Gandhi's 150 years was also released.

Gandhi Solar Park

  • It is a first of its kind symbolic Indian effort at the UN that highlights India's willingness to go beyond the talk on climate change and climate action.
  • At a contribution of about USD 1 million, India has gifted solar panels that have been installed on the roof of the UN Headquarters, one panel each for every 193 UN member states.
  • The solar panels are powered up to reach the max of 50 KW of generation power.
  • Energy generated in the park is equivalent to the energy that would have been created through the use of 30,000 kilograms of coal.

Gandhi Peace Garden

  • It is an innovative initiative under which the Consulate-General of India in New York, Long Island-based NGO Shanti Fund and the State University of New York-Old Westbury have entered into an agreement to plant 150 trees.
  • It is a crowd-sourced project, with people adopting trees in the memory of their loved ones.
  • The garden is in an open site within the 600-acre campus of the university.

Source: TH