Shillong: The Meghalaya government recently said that the state is currently working on the production of vegan leather out of pineapples that are produced in the state.
In a statement, the Meghalaya Forest & Environment and Power Minister James Sangma announced the plans of the state to set up a museum on climate change in a bid to create awareness among the people. The minister also added that the state is also trying to study the properties of the pineapple with the aim to produce vegan leather out of the fruit.
On Tuesday, Sangma virtually addressed the 'TiE Sustainability Summit 2021' which was organised by TiE Hyderabad. In his speech, the minister claimed that the Meghalaya government is currently building a consensus in a bid to include climate change as one of the subjects in the school curriculum.
"Meghalaya is one of the major pineapple producing states in India. It contributes 8 per cent of the total pineapple produced in India. Pineapple is the most important fruit crop of the state. We are 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," said James Sangma, Meghalaya Forest & Environment and Power Minister.
Sangma asserted that about 76% of Meghalaya's land is covered under forests and claimed that the state is listed as one of the top five states for BioDiversity accompanied by a unique forest economy.
"A climate change museum is also around the corner. We hope to inspire action on the climate crisis through this museum. Climate change is a defining challenge of our times. We must rise to fight it together," he added.
He further said, "We want to be a silicon valley for green-based products."