On 3 June, WED celebrations in India started with a public dedication of Tree Plantation in Juanapur, among farmland in Mehrauli, just outside the city of Delhi proper but still within the city limits, on now-degraded land thousands of trees have been planted in an effort to reestablish forests, providing expanded wildlife habitat and ecosystem restoration--which as Indian environment minister Jairam Ramesh pointed out means improved livelihoods for people as well.
Later in the day, the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) hosted a special session on Building a Green Economy. Speaking at the session, Jairam Ramesh said, “We have a great responsibility towards our growing population, we need to add 8-10 million jobs every year and ensure that the jobs are green. We also have to ensure environment conservation as livelihoods need to be preserved and enhanced.”
He defined Green Economy as one that protects & enhances natural capital while meeting the economic imperatives of the country. Ramesh called upon industrialists to take up the leadership in India’s transition towards a green economy.
Addressing business leaders, Achim Steiner, said that Green Economy is not an alternative economy but is very much a thing of the present. While underlining the significance of the corporate sector in the green economy, he stated that industry is part of the solution as much of the problem and the power to shift from conventional model to a green economy is greatest with the corporate sector.
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.
Mr. Chandrajit Banerjee, Director-General CII, said that Green Economy presents great opportunities for the corporate sector within its challenges and that industry will play a key role in making the transition.
The day ended with the opening of 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.
The 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, inspired by India’s vibrant spiritual heritage.

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