US embassy hosts climate action fest in Delhi

| Updated: 28 April, 2023 2:51 pm IST

New Delhi: The US embassy in New Delhi is hosting a two-day festival beginning Friday, called “We the People: For Climate Action,” celebrating changemakers and social entrepreneurs who work to protect the environment.

The festival aims to promote emissions reduction, alternative energy, sustainable fashion, and green businesses through workshops, conventions, and other events. Over 250 young changemakers, including Indian social entrepreneurs, innovators, student leaders, and lifestyle influencers, are participating in the festival.

American musician Kelsey Rae and her band 2B1 will perform using upcycled musical instruments.

Carly Van Orman, public diplomacy officer at the US embassy, said, “The United States and India face a shared challenge to combat climate change, and we are thrilled to be able to host this event with so many inspirational young activists and innovators who lead by example when it comes to active environmental protection and sustainable development. This fair will demonstrate best practices and build strategy for follow-on action.”

The festival will include panel discussions highlighting the partnership between the United States and India, showcasing the initiatives of some of India’s most dynamic environmental actors.

Participants can view an art exhibit by Kala Care group called “Limousine,” which focuses on stretching the earth’s resources, and a diplomacy simulation that challenges students to find solutions to a mock freshwater crisis.

The event will also feature a sustainable fashion show and green businesses of alumni from the US embassy’s flagship entrepreneurship programs, Nexus and the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs.

Attendees will be able to participate in a book swap and experiential learning activities, including upcycling trash into musical instruments to join a drum circle or fashion items to display on the runway. The festival will conclude with a special performance by Kelsey Rae and 2B1 on Saturday.

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