Green agenda: looking ahead to World Environment Day

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Over the coming weeks the latest environmentally friendlier vehicles will be discussed and displayed at the China Green Transport Summit and Exhibition (May 24-25) in Shanghai and the RHS Chelsea Flower show will bring the latest horticultural trends to those with a green thumb. However the major environmental event in the next few weeks is international event World Environment Day on June 5, which raises awareness of climate change and encourages individuals, business and governments to take environmentally positive actions.

4th Annual China Green Transport Summit & Exhibition
May 24-25
Hainan, China

China is looking for a way to propel itself into the global lead on alternative energy vehicles and this conference will feature a series on insightful discussions on how it might realize that goal. Speakers from several major global automakers will look at issues such as battery technology and motors, as well as other factors such as government incentives and local infrastructure.

RHS Chelsea Flower Show
May 24-28
Royal Hospital, Chelsea
United Kingdom, London

Perhaps one of the world's best known shows of its kind, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show attracts around 157,000 visitors per year - though this number is limited by the capacity of the venue's temporary structure. The show can trace its origins back to the early 1900s and often serves as a showcase for new plants as well as an indicator of major garden trends. This year the show has two new dimensions - the first ever Ladies' Day and an iPhone app. Earlier in the year the latest horticultural trends in the southern hemisphere were revealed at the 16th Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (March 30 - April 3).
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World Environment Day
June 5

World Environment Day, abbreviated to WED, is a global celebration of positive environmental action. The UN-promoted event began in 1972 and has grown to become one of the main ways in which the organization draws attention to environmental issues around the world. The theme for 2011 is Forests: Nature at Your Service - a theme which encompasses the issues of deforestation and the need to protect green spaces. India is the host country for the 2011 event, and organizers expect this year's event to be the most widely celebrated so far. Earlier in the year global environmental campaigns Earth Hour on March 26 and Earth Day on April 22 also aimed to raise awareness of environmental issues around the world.
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5th Evolution Asia Yoga Conference
June 9-12
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong

Evolution Asia brings together yoga enthusiasts and masters worldwide to explore the world of yoga through practice with a range of beginning and intense classes, and a yoga bazaar offers discounts on cutting-edge yoga wear and gear. There are also educational sessions on spiritual cleansing, body balance, Thai yoga therapy, and much more. While not as large as the US-based Yoga Journal conference, the concept is similar and is the largest of its kind in Asia, and will likely expand in coming years as Westernized yoga and major yoga brands continue to expand internationally. The event features master teachers Sharon Gannon, David Life, Rodney Yee, and Jason Nemer. Four-day passes sell for HK$4,999 (€441) or onsite at the event for HK$5,999 (€529).

Bonnaroo Festival
Manchester, Tennessee, US
June 9-12

Nearly 90,000 people are expected to attend the tenth annual Bonnaroo Festival at the Great Stage Park, a 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. Headliners Eminen, Lil Wayne and Canadian rock band Arcade Fire will be joined by Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, Robert Plant & Band of Joy, Mumford & Sons, The Strokes, The Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Scissor Sisters, and others. In 2010 the festival was highly commended for its 'green' and environmentally friendly practices by the fourth annual independent A Greener Festival Awards.
Bonnaroo tickets are priced at $249.50 (€171).