India inaugurates its Gandhi-themed pavilion at COP 25

India Pavilion of the theme '150 years of Mahatma Gandhi' was inaugurated at the 25th session of Conference of Parties under the UN Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC COP25) in Madrid on Tuesday.

Union Environment Secretary C.K Mishra, who inaugurated the pavilion, said the theme was chosen to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi and spread his teachings of simple and sustainable living.

"The India Pavilion has been designed to depict this theme, in particular Mahatma Gandhi's life and messages around sustainable living," Mishra was quoted as saying in a press note issued by the ministry.

The Environment Ministry said that the Indian pavilion has a conceptual model of Gandhi Ji's ashram, where his philosophy of minimising wants and living with simplicity is espoused.

"The pavilion also depicts the present and traces the arc into the future of the country, where Government of India is implementing ambitious solutions to deal with the issue of climate change, inspired by the teachings of the Mahatma, and our cultural underpinnings based on the principles of sustainable consumption and production.

"As such, the pavilion has a special focus on 'sustainable lifestyles' as a solution to climate change," the ministry said.

In his address, Mishra said the pavilion features the humble 'charkha' or the spinning wheel which is the physical embodiment of the Gandhian principles of perseverance, self-sufficiency and sustainability.

The secretary invited delegates and participants representing 197 countries to try their hand at spinning the 'fabric of sustainability' at the India Pavilion, the ministry officials said.