Green politician Erik Solheim joins MP Santosh’s GIC


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Erik Solheim planting a sapling with Santosh Kumar


Rama Krishna Sangem

Erik Solheim,  famous Green party politician and former minister of Norway, joined BRS Rajya Sabha MP J Santosh Kumar in Green India Challenge’s sapling plantation at Pragathi Bhavan in Hyderabad on September 15, Friday. Santosh rolled out a warm welcome to Erik and he planted a sapling on the premises as a mark of his visit to Telangana.

“An extraordinary moment of gratitude as we welcome #ErikSolheim to #PragathiBhavan. Your dedication to environmental conservation has not only inspired us but also elevated our mission to new heights. Your unwavering support for the #GreenIndiaChallenge has been a guiding light on this journey. Fortunate to have planted saplings side by side, symbolizing our shared commitment to green future,”  posted Santosh on X.

“I had the honour of welcoming #ErikSolheim to #PragathiBhavan, where I had the pleasure of presenting him with two of my cherished coffee table books – #VrikshaVedam and #WingsofPassion”. “Together, let’s continue to nurture and protect our planet. Looking forward to continued collaboration and innovative initiatives as we strive to create a sustainable, harmonious world,” Santosh added on X.


Erik Solheim, well known green leader

68 years old Erik Solheimn is a popular Norwegian politician who also worked as minister for environment from 2005-12. He was one of the leading members of Green Party in Norway. He worked as Under Secretary General of United Nations and was an Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) for two years, from 2016-18. We know that most of Scandinavian and European countries have green parties, that fight for environment and nature.

Solheimn began his early days of politics as a Left winger and socialist activist, but later converted to environmental issues and subsequently joined Green Party. It is interesting to know that most of the parties in Europe are of the view that future belongs to Green movements alone, not Left or Right, like in our India. Good to see Erik in the company of MP Santosh and wish they take up more green programmes with the support of UNEP in Telangana.


Rama Krishna Sangem

Ramakrishna chief editor of excel India online magazine and website

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