The government of India hosts the ‘Run for Sun’ Marathon to celebrate International Sun Day in New Delhi. 

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  • On May 3rd 2024India joined the global community in commemorating International Sun Day, 
  • To highlights the crucial role of solar energy in enabling a greener and healthier Planet.
  • The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) organized a ’this Marathon at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.                                                                                                                                  
  • The ‘Run for Sun’ Marathon, features 3 km and 5 km races 

International Sun Day celebrations also highlight the Solar Stops – it is a kiosks boasting a diverse array of elements that bring out the significance of solar energy.

  • Solar stops have been set up at prominent malls in six Indian cities, namely Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Vadodara, Guwahati, Varanasi and Chennai.

The Ministry also announced Solart, an All-India Intra-School Solar Art Competition to celebrate solar energy through artistic expressions.

International Sun Day

  • It is celebrated every year on May 3rd ,a special occasion to honour the Sun.
  • Denis Hayes, an American environmentalist and solar power supporter, proposed Sun Day. 
  • He became well-known for organising the inaugural Earth Day, which took place on April 22, 1970.
  • In 1978, the former USA President Jimmy Carter formally declared Sun Day, to promote solar energy as a viable and environmentally friendly energy source
  • The celebration expanded internationally in 1994.

Significance of Marathon

  • It was designed to raise awareness about the pivotal role of solar power in mitigating climate change and promoting a cleaner and healthier future for all.
  • It expressed the nation’s steadfast commitment to solar energy and environmental sustainability

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