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India celebrated World Environment Day 2011

Karan's forest.jpgIndia, the first time global host of World Environment Day, marked the occasion themed “Forests: Nature at your Service” with a week of colourful events across the country. The event was lead by the Minister for Environment and Forests, India, Jairam Ramesh and UN Under-Secretary General and UNEP Executive Director, Achim Steiner.

On 2 June 2011, over 100 journalists, from Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and India, participated in a day-long workshop on Journalism & the Environment. The workshop focused on the role of Forests in combating climate change, conserving Biodiversity and green economy.

On 3 June, Minister Ramesh and Achim Steiner opened a green bazaar of non-timber forest products at the famous Dilli Haat, a traditional crafts market in the heart of New Delhi. The Haat also hosted a Knowledge Park, where students and eco clubs from across the country show-cased conservation projects and educational materials. St Mark’s School Meera Bagh participated in this event.

483px-Jairam_ramesh.jpgThe Haat also witnessed the launch of a dedicated World Environment Day song by Famous artist, Shubha Mudgal, titled “The Colour of Life”. The artist described the song as a lyrical appeal to breathe into the world the spirit of environmental conservation.

5 June was marked by a series of Green Marathons and walkathons, organized by various groups around India to raise awareness and show support for conservation efforts and green policies.

In New Delhi, Minister Ramesh administered a pledge for "saving our environment" and waved a flag to start a Green Walkathon from India Gate, with about 1,000 participants from all walks of life.

In the southern city of Bangalore, Steiner flagged off a 10 km green marathon with thousands of participants taking part.
Over 100 women leaders showed their support by organizing a one-day conference in New Delhi on “Nature & Livelihoods: Women’s Perspective”. Women from indigenous groups, civil society and the grass roots shared experiences and success stories.

World environment Day in India culminated with the launch of UNEP’s report on “Green Economy and Forests”, which states that investing an additional US $40 billion a year in the forestry sector could halve deforestation rates by 2030, increase rates of tree planting by around 140 percent by 2050, and catalyze the creation of millions of new jobs worldwide.













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