Live Earth India
Live Earth India was organized to raise awareness and offer support for India’s most important environmental issues and causes, and provide a platform so India can continue its global climate leadership.
The December 2008 event, which was scheduled to include world-renown musicians from India, the U.S., the UK, and elsewhere, was unfortunately canceled in the wake of the tragic Mumbai terrorist attacks. The Live Earth India effort carried on into mid-2009 on the strength of our community partners in India and their involvement with the "Friends of Live Earth" program, in which more than 5 million people across India participated.
More than 1 Million Participate in Friends of Live Earth events in India
Despite our decision to cancel our Live Earth India event in December 2008 because of the Mumbai terrorist attacks, we were thrilled that so many of our community partners in India decided to continue with the "Friends of Live Earth" events they had already planned. Live Earth continues to work for solutions to the climate crisis for the good of the people of India and around the world. We were inspired by the enthusiastic response to the "Friends of Live Earth India" program we have received from environmental, educational, corporate, and other organizations throughout India and internationally, and we welcomed the opportunity to reach individuals, students, and employees through the "Friends" events, creating a lasting legacy of awareness and change. We felt that the Friends of Live Earth Program was one of the best ways we could continue to support our mission after the cancellation of our concert event.
On Friday November 21st, the Art of Living Foundation organized a concert in Delhi featuring more than 1,000 sitar players performing simultaneously. If that wasn't spectacle enough, there was a sea of 200,000 people who attended the concert.
Gaurav Gupta, deputy director of The Climate Project India, provided this exciting report on the first Friends of Live Earth event in India.