Pune: Antarctica is rarely on people’s bucket list of places they want to travel to. Rishabh Gupta, a young Indian Revenue Service (IRS) officer, whose dream come true moment has arrived, will be part of the annual Antarctica Expedition organised to spread awareness about the effects of climate change.
Gupta is among the 80 people from across the globe to be chosen for the ‘Climate Force: Antarctica 2018 Expedition’, scheduled to be held from February 27 to March 12, 2018, led by Sir Robert Swan, a polar explorer.
Gupta is an IRS officer of 2013 batch and presently posted as Assistant Commissioner - GST. He is an IIT Delhi graduate of 2012 batch Mechanical Department. Before joining the IRS, he was working as an Engineer at Honda Automobile R&D Headquarters in Japan.
Gupta hails from Phagwara, near Jalandhar in Punjab, and is an avid trekker. He has done a lot of treks in Western ghats and Himalayas. He told Sakal Times, “I got inspired to go for this expedition from one of my friends, who went for this same expedition a few years back. After coming back, he started working in the field of renewable energy and sustainable rural development. He is now actively involved in providing solar based electrification to rural India.”
“The earth is a shared resource that we have inherited from previous generations and it is our duty to see that we pass it on to our future generations in a better condition. Now that we know that human actions are affecting the Earth’s ecosystem, we have a responsibility to switch over to a more eco-friendly lifestyle,” said Gupta.
Gupta said, “I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) - Gas Authority of Indian Limited (GAIL), Power Finance Corporation (PFC) and National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) for extending their generous support to me for this expedition. It shows their commitment to fight climate change and to promote sustainable and clean means of development. I would also like to thank my department for encouraging me to embark on this expedition.”
‘Proud moment for me’
- Every year, only a few young leaders are chosen from amongst thousands of applicants to embark on this prestigious expedition.
- The purpose of the expedition will be to build a community of future leaders instilled with the ideas and ways to promote recycling, renewable energy and sustainability, to combat the effects of climate change.
- “It will be a proud moment for me to represent my country at an international forum upholding the values of sustainable development,” said Rishabh.