Kohima, May 26: Several organizations in Kohima on Saturday joined Himalayan Cleanup campaign by cleaning up waste from Sanuoru River till Nagaland Legislative Assembly secretariat.
The campaign was initiated by Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI) and ZeroWaste Himalayas in coordination with Sustainable Development Forum Nagaland (SDFN) with volunteers and officials from NEN, Light House, Kohima Municipal Council, Project 72 Hours, NEIDA, Forest Department, Chizami Baptist Fellowship, Lhisemia Youth Organization, NASTEC, UBC Kohima, State Disaster Response Force Nagaland etc. etc. cleaning the rivulet.
“We encourage the citizen of Nagaland to be more cautious of their waste and learn how to segregate instead of dumping here and there,” said Sievituo Solo, one of the core members of Project 72 hours.
“If we do not clean our own colony, our own compound, who will come and clean for us?,” questioned Supongnukshi (IFS) from forest department and stressed on the need to take up the challenge by the respective colonies “then we will be proudly able to project the clean state capital Kohima to the outside world.
Khrowhiweu Tsuhah, research fellow IMI said that the endeavor was not just a kind of cleaning up the waste but also to identify the amount of waste which has been generating in our own community.
LYO president Khriesazo Liezietsu extended fullest cooperation towards this Himalayan cleanup campaign and appreciated the effort of the concerned NGOs to secure a clean environment.
Youth Department, BC’A’MT, conduct cleanliness drive
In accordance with the call to “Beat Plastic Pollution” as enshrined to be a World Environment concern, the Youth Department of Baptist Church ‘A’ Medziphema Town (BC’A’MT), too partook a cleanliness drive in and around Local Ground, Medziphema, on May 26.
Led by activists Kenino Makritsu and Vikhilie Terhüja as coordinators of the Cleanup campaign, a large number of youths participated to show solidarity towards maintaining eco-friendly environment. The organisers also distributed some local-made, paper bags to nearby shopkeepers freely in order to discourage the use of plastic bags.
It may be noted that the “The Himalayan Cleanup” day was observed by the 12 mountain states including Nagaland on May 26. Megozo Meru, a renowned leader in keeping clean and green, was also present apart from Akhoto Kuotsu, President, MTMK, who thanked the organisers for the initiative to contribute in a small yet positive manner through mass participation.
The Himalayan Cleanup campaign, an initiative focusing attention on the problem of waste in the mountains, was also observed in other districts of the state. (Page News Service)