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Series of prog in Delhi on World Environment Day

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, June 4: A series of programmes to spread awareness about the need to preserve the environment will be held in the capital on the occasion of World Environment Day tomorrow.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will plant a sapling at the central ridge at Sardar Patel Marg tomorrow morning.

Later, in the evening, she will inaugurate an exhibition of eco-friendly products and release a book on "towards Greener Delhi" at Delhi Haat.

To spread awareness about environmental issues among children, the National Bal Bhawan will organise an environmental rally on the theme of "Desert and Desertification" with the slogan "Don't desert drylands".

The rally will be led by a Palanquin and followed by 5000 children of the Bal Bhawan and jawahar bal bhawan mandi (rural unit of NBB) holding banners on the need to preserve environment. The children will march from Nation Bal Bhawan.

The rally will be flagged off tomorrow morning by the Jt Secretary in the Ministry of Environment and Forests Veena Upadhyaya.

The Heart Care Foundation of India and the federation of NCR doctors, jointly with the Union Ministry for environment and forests, will organise a unique campaign in the slum areas using a tableau on the theme of World Environment Day 'Desert and desertification'.

The tableau will move all over Delhi along with a team of nukkad natak and distribute pamphlets stressing the need to preserve the environment.

On the occasion of the Day, the Confederation of Indian industry, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and forests, is organising a colloquium on corporate responsibility in Environmental protection at India Habitat Centre.

The objective of the programme is to make Corporate India aware of the various environmental issues including the theme of this year's 'World Environment day' which is "Don't Desert Drylands".

Union Minister for Environment and forests will be the chief guest at the function.

Coinciding with the World Environment Day, the PHDCCI will organise a Tree Planting Campaign at PHD House, where Ambassadors of the UK, Germany, Italy, France, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Argentina, Chile, Fiji and Sri Lanka are likely to participate. Dr B Sengupta, Member Secretary, CPCB, Mr S Regunathan, Former Chief Secretary, Delhi, Mr Dinesh Rai, Vice Chairman, DDA, Dr R K Pachauri, Director General, TERI will also join in tree planting which will be followed by the Conference on "Corporate Responsibility towards Environment for Sustainable Development".

The objective of the Conference is to create awareness about corporate responsibility towards environment. The focus issues are efficient use of energy and water, infrastructure and technologies for water conservation and waste management and public private partnership. Case studies will also be presented by business on their initiatives in this respect.

On the occasion of the day, an exclusive exhibition of photographs on conservation by eminent photographers Raghu Rai, Avinash Pasricha, AMit Pasricha, N c Dhingra, Mahesh Nair, Jagdeep Rajput and Achal Kumar would be held at WWF-India, Secretariat.

A cultural programme depicting the integration between conservation of environment and culture will also be performed by Sharanya Chandran and Shreya Kumar, pupils of renowned dancer Geeta Chandran at the venue.

To observe the day, TV channel Animal Planet will telecast a series of programmes highlighting global wildlife and environmental issues.

On the occasion, the Discovery Channel, along with the British council, will launch UK-funded Indian films on 'Climate Change-An Untold Story' and announce the arrival of UK's wildscreen festival, the world's most prestigious wildlife festival, in India.

UNI

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