Dimapur, April 24: ‘Plastic Free Destination Village’, a workshop sponsored by the Directorate of Science and Technology, and Nagaland Science and Technology Council (NASTEC) was held in Khonoma and Dzülekie on April 24.
L H Thangi Manen, Environmental Activist and Rtd. Commissioner & Secretary termed plastic pollution as a new threat against green environment and appealed to all to prevent this catastrophe from happening. She stated that the greatest ‘havoc’ of all is the single or one time use of plastic.
She claimed that 8.3 million people are affected by plastic pollution worldwide. She maintained that more than 95% of non-biodegradable are plastic.
“It is more expensive to clean up tomorrow than to prevent plastic pollution today,” she added.
She stated that the government has issued a ban on single plastic use since November 29, 2018. The State government has notified Khonoma as one of the model villages for Solid Waste Management. She asked the people of Khonoma to take maximum advantages of the government initiatives and further called upon the village to take up its own decisions and pass their own rules.
She called upon the village to not allow dumping of trash in its vicinity and to observe the four R’s of plastic-Refuse, Reuse, Recycle and Raise Awareness. She urged the youths to tackle plastic use in and around the vicinity of the village.
“People’s voice and decision is the only thing that the government will listen.” She added.
Ela Mary from Youth Action for Development, an NGO, urged the people of the village to continue to detest from unthinking management of plastic and bring about change against plastic pollution. “Be the change and be an example for the other villages,” she added.
Dr. Merino Visa, Research Scientist (DAAD fellow), Directorate of Science and Technology and (NASTEC) explained on the effects of plastic on human health particularly Bisphenol A which is found in plastics. She explained about the effects of plastics on the environment and commended the state’s government commitment for a plastic free state.
Dellirose Sakhrie, Rtd. Commissioner & Secretary also called upon both the villages to detest from use of plastic and to move to healthier alternatives. She also called upon the village to regulate ‘rules’ so that the plastic menace can be curbed.
(Page News Service)