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XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi’s Low Carbon Fair at Shimla

To promote awareness on ‘low carbon practices’ during XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, several activities were organised in Shimla from 30 June —4 July 2010.

The XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi is the biggest multi-sport event held in India. To commemorate this special occasion and leave behind a positive and sustainable legacy, the Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi (OC CWG Delhi 2010) has decided to promote low carbon practices for the Games. The OC CWG Delhi 2010 aims to make the Games green and instill an ‘ecological consciousness’ among all stakeholders of the Games by inducing behavioural change towards low carbon practices and setting the environmental benchmark for organising multi-disciplinary games in the future. OC CWG Delhi 2010 intends to leverage the Games platform to reach out the widest range of audience and to conduct large-scale outreach programmes.

CMS Environment in partnership with OC CWG Delhi 2010, Ministry of Environment and Forest (MOEF), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) recently organised several activities in Shimla on the theme, Low Carbon Practices. The fair had overwhelming participation of more than 7,000 people. Low Carbon Activities included:

Low Carbon Marathon (30 June): Involving around 200 college students a 3 km long marathon was organised on 30 June from 09.30 am to 01.30 pm. It started from the Institute of Integrated Himalayan Studies and finished at Dr. B. R. Ambedkar statue. Nivedita Khanna from St. Bede’s College was winner of the marathon.

Slogan writing competition (30 June): Prior to Low Carbon Marathon, a slogan writing competition was organised for school and college students. Students came out with creative and catchy slogans on the theme, Low Carbon Practices. Two winners, one each in Hindi and English, were selected in the competition.

Painting competition (1 July): A painting competition for school students on the theme, Low Carbon Practices was organised at Bishop Cotton School on 1 July from 10.00 am to 01.00 pm. Around 250 students from more than 40 schools of Shimla and adjoining areas participated in the event. It was a platform for the youngsters to come out with their creative thoughts on environmental issues and related problems. The winners of the marathon, slogan writing competition and painting competition were felicitated during the award ceremony on 4 July at the Gaiety Theatre.

Environment Low Carbon Practices Primer: Workshop for Teachers (3 July 3): Conveying complex issues on the subject and simplifying them for students of the secondary and higher secondary school level requires training of educators. Realising this compelling need, CMS Environment conducted a day-long workshop for school teachers from Shimla on Low Carbon Practices on 3 July. The venue of the workshop was the Gaiety Theatre. There was participation of 30 teachers from different schools of Shimla.

Green Filmmaking Workshop for youth on ‘Low Carbon Practices’ (4 July 4): The workshop on ‘Low Carbon Practices’ was for aspiring filmmakers, to teach them the technical details of wildlife film making. It was conducted by well known environment and wildlife filmmakers having a wide range of experience. The workshop helped youngsters to enhance their understanding about wildlife and environment and taking up green filmmaking as a serious career in future. The workshop also exposed them to new technologies and trained them to have live-shoot and hands on editing experience.

Eco-Trip (3 July 3): Forty students accompanied by their teachers from different schools of Shimla visited Shimla Catchment Area along with Mr. E. VIkas, DFO. Students were taken to the 10,000 square metre of catchment area and were given the information about its importance for Shimla City. There are 19 natural water sources in the catchment area which are crucial for drinking water supply to Shimla city. In addition, students were informed about the medicinal value of various trees in the catchment are which are used for various purposes.

Green Heroes Felicitated (2 July): During the inaugural ceremony green heroes, who are making significant contribution in the field of environment conservation were felicitated. These were:
1.Mr. Vivek Mohan: For effectively capturing the environmental problems of Himachal Pradesh and presenting them through the power of visual media

2.Dr. Sanjeev Attari: For taking the green initiative forward through an interesting mix of research and outreach activities among youngsters

3.Ms. Jodie Underhill: For your garbage collection drive, and efforts towards educating the local people and vendors about the scientific disposal of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste.

4.Mr. Mayank Ranjan Gupta: For taking the green movement forward through the medium of films and documentaries focusing on issues ranging from ecotourism to natural heritage and culture.

Green Film Screening (2 - 4 July): Forty Five award winning green films were shown at the Gaiety Theatre. There were special screenings for children in the morning and panorama of feature film in the evening for general public.

There was large scale promotion and branding of the Low Carbon campaign in Shimla. In addition to advertisements in local news papers, hoardings and cloth banners were put up at strategic places in the entire city, SMS campaigns were launched and pre-event promotion was done through print and electronic mediums The Low Carbon Campaign at Shimla received tremendous response from schools, colleges, government departments, tourists as well as the media. There was extensive coverage in print and electronic media of events like Low Carbon Marathon, painting competition and Green Film screenings during the fair. Surely, the interactive and fun-filled activities succeeded in taking the message of adopting Low Carbon Practices to a wide cross section of people in Shimla.