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The vibrant city of New Delhi is all set to host the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi. This is for the first time India is hosting the Commonwealth Games and this is only the second time they are being held in Asia. The XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi is focusing beyond just the thrill and entertainment of the event by expanding its horizon to become the first ever ‘Green Games’.

In an effort in this direction, a series of Green Concerts is being held as part of the ‘Low Carbon Campaign’, organised in association with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF). Pune hosted the second concert of the series on 4 September 2010, after Kolkata hosted the first on 31 July 2010.

Ganesh Kala Krida Manch Swargate was the venue for the concert, the guest of honours for the concert were Mr. Manmohan Rajpal, Mayor of Pune; Mr. Ramesh Bagwe, Maharastra Home Minister for State; Mr. Mohan Dhariya, President Vanarai; the Indian Hockey team; Mrs. Mira Kalmadi; Mr. Jagmohan Bhanot, OSD, OC CWG Delhi 2010 and Mr. Srinivas, UNDP. All the guests, along with thousands of public attending the concert, took an oath to reduce their carbon footprint and protect the environment, Mr. Harinder Singh, Coach Indian Hockey team and Mr. Rajpal Singh, Captain Indian hockey team also shared some initiatives they have been following, like cycling to the playground or walking from the place they are staying to the playground thus avoiding the use of any transportation, burning of fuel and air pollution. Four students from Pune, who have done extra-ordinary work for protecting the environment and finding a sustainable option to reduce carbon footprints were felicitated for their work.

The Green Concert was an excellent medium to generate public interest in the Games and sensitize them about the ‘Green Games’ theme and to induce general public to join the ‘Low Carbon Campaign’. The guest and the public were encouraged by the volunteers to take a pledge to protect the environment by writing on a graffiti wall. Badges promoting ‘Go Green, it works’ were also distributed. The concert began with a question and answer round, where the public attending the concert were asked questions related to the environment and each participant got a prize from the host.

The highlight of the concert was a performance by Euphoria, one of the top Rock bands in India. Their unique style of mixing electronic guitars with traditional instruments like tabla, dholak and sitar created a great atmosphere that helped to connect with audiences, who were totally mesmerised by their performance and the young crowd had an amazing time enjoying the music and every time Euphoria emphasised on Go Green and encouraged the public to adopt a greener lifestyle to reduce the carbon footprint. The concert ended with a song specially composed for protecting the environment. The Green concert in Pune achieved the objectives to motivate the public to be a part of the green movement, inform and educate the general public, to promote Low Carbon Practices during the Games as means of inducing a behavioral change amongst citizens for the adoption of environmentally sustainable practices, to create awareness about the concept of Low Carbon Practices, to motivate, educate and cover all the aspects of ‘Greener Environment’ and to begin a movement towards a Low Carbon Lifestyle starting with the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi.