Fun with the Sun

Jan 17, 2013, 01:02 IST | Dhara Vora

SunPlugged - the GreenKarbon Solar Festival will showcase alternatives to energy-consuming products and effective ways to utilise solar energy with the aim of challenging one's preconceptions about this power source

The sun has been worshipped down the ages and will be in the future for its capacity to provide clean energy. Promoting this efficiency of the solar energy will be the first ever solar festival, SunPlugged.

This three-day festival will have seminars, performances and stalls, to educate people about the possible benefits of using solar energy. “The idea emerged when Deutsche Bank wanted to go zero-carbon; they contacted us; that’s when the idea of SunPlugged surfaced. It will help people understand ways to reduce their carbon footprint and find a solution for climate change. The festival will be solar-powered; we have set up one of Mumbai’s largest demo solar installation with the help of Tata Solar,” shares Bittu Sahgal, environmental activist and editor, Sanctuary Asia magazine.

One of the highlights will be the discussion with Nobel Prize-winner Dr Rajendra Pachauri, Sahgal and actor Rahul Bose on sustainability versus development and India’s biodiversity. The event will host a solar cooking competition and a solar cooking workshop by Cyrus Broacha and Kunal Vijaykar. There will also be musical performances powered entirely by solar energy, which includes a show by BlueFrog, a gig by New York-based solar powered Rock band Solar Punch, a musical concert by Shubha Mudgal and Mala Ramadorai and theatre act by Zafar Karachiwala and Vikram Kapadia.

Green shoppers can pick solar gadgets like torches, chargers and lanterns, and recycled furniture. Other must-catch events include Waste it or Invest it, a session by RUR, on utilising domestic waste, nature trails through the Bhavan’s College campus and stray-care workshops by Welfare for Stray Dogs.

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