World Environment Day celebrated across state


Dimapur, June 5: Wildlife Dimapur Division in collaboration with Green Succession of Nagaland State and Nagaland NGOs Forum on Wednesday observed World Environment Day. The programme was hosted by Public College of Commerce, Dimapur.
In his keynote address, Tokaho Kinimi (IFS), Wildlife Warden said that air pollution is one of the most dangerous threats that the world is facing and in the local context, the quality of air of Dimapur has deteriorated far beyond the safety limit.
He said that air pollution, unlike noise and to some extent water, cannot be localized and there is a need for all to pledge to save the environment by planting more trees and making sure that the trees planted survive.
He said that the students have the power to inspire and influence people and society and they should take the lead.
He mentioned that jhum cultivation has been a subject of continual debate when it comes to air pollution in the local context, the lifestyle of the people in Dimapur is impacting the environment much worse than the jhum.
Dr Y Hesheto Chishi, President of Nagaland NGOs Forum, said that no one can safely say that they are holy about their contribution to the pollution and being Christians in the state of Nagaland, the people have the moral obligation to save the environment and the environment is a creation of God and people were supposed to be the caretaker of the properties of the God, but instead, the environment has been defiled by the same chowkidars.
“Pollution is stealing away our livelihood and life,” he said and added that due to pollution, the world spends 225 billion USD every year and seven million people die because of it, of which 1.2 comes alone from India.
He said that there is a need to make sure that the temperature doesn’t exceed 50 degrees Celsius.
Chairman of Green-SONS and Secretary of Nagaland NGOs Forum, Jess T. Murry in his speech said that while the news of a ‘bandh’ can create so much of a panic among the people, it is not the same when it comes to the threat of pollution.
He said that Nagas have been living in harmony with nature from time immemorial and are depended on it, but now things are being destroyed. Though there are measures being taken to fix it, it might take time or might be not even repairable.
He said that there is a need for change to come from the kitchen of the homes and asked people to unite against the pollution.
Previously, Vice Principal of PCC Dr A.K. Talukdar, had lauded the coming together of bodies to observe the day and create consciousness which, he said, is very much important. At the end of the programme, saplings were also distributed among the students and attendants.
93 Bn BSF:
Along with the rest of the world, 93 Battalion Border Security Force (BSF) today observed World Environment Day at its battalion headquarters, Chedema, some 5 km away from Kohima.
Led by battalion Commandant, Surinder Singh and his wife, Dr. Amanpreet Kaur planted 400 saplings. Officers, their wives and jawans joined the occasion.
Narendra Yadav, 2/ic, RS Gautom Deputy Commandant and Amit Kumar Singh, Deputy Commandant and Adjutant also took part in the plantation programme.
Speaking at the short programme, Commandant Singh said in the present situation trees are essential for saving the habitable climate of earth and that it is the collective responsibility to save the forests. He said humans are both creatures and moulders of their environment, which gives them physical sustenance and affords them the opportunity for intellectual, moral, social and spiritual growth.
He said a platform for action World Environment Day is the United Nations day for encouraging wide-reaching awareness and action to protect environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is extensively celebrated in over 100 countries.
Singh said though environment conservation is not just a one-day affair, the UN’s message is to motivate people and at the same time, also educate them as to why it is important to preserve the environment.
Assam Rifles conducted a lecture on ‘World Environment Day’ at Trinity High School, Kiphire on June 4 2018. The aim of the lecture was to spread awareness about the importance of a healthy environment in leading an equally healthy and fuller life. How elements of nature contributes towards maintaining ecological balance was emphasized upon.
Students were encouraged to plant more trees and to check rampant felling of trees in the region. 30 students participated in the lecture.
Horticulture Deptt:
Commemorating the World Environment Day, a plantation drive on the theme Air Pollution ” Breath Healthy, Live Healthy” was organized by the department of Horticulture Government of Nagaland at Dimapur Airport on June 5.
More than 300 saplings of Indian Iron tree was planted in the stretch of road leading towards Dimapur Airport. Principal Secretary Horticulture, M K Mero planted the first tree followed by DC Dimapur, Keveka Kevin Zehol, Airport Director, M Zhimo and others.
Director Horticulture, Dr Elithung Lotha described DIMAPUR Airport as a very focussed area, where visitors get to see Nagaland first hand. Towards this the department has taken a small initiative to beautify the area and regreen the state starting from Dimapur Airport, he added.
He further informed that the trees planted would be nurtured by the department to ensure that the trees comes up healthy and added that Nagaland Horticulture department has a vision to make the airport stretch of road better place to visit. Indian Iron Trees are evergreen and the flowers gives a very good fragrance, Elithung maintained.
On the occasion, besides plantation the team also cleaned and picked all the non- biodegradable plastics along the road to make the place not only green but clean.
Dr.Elithung assured that the department would continue to carry out such plantation drive in public places even in the near future.
Along with the Horticulture department, the Airport Authority of India and other stakeholders including CISF, Indian oil, Bharat Petroleum, Indigo, Air India also participated in the plantation and cleanliness drive to celebrate World Environment Day.
In commemoration of World Environment Day 2019, the Old Boys Association of Sainik School Imphal (OBASSI), Nagaland Chapter in collaboration with CIHSR, Dimapur conducted a Clean-Up and placement of Waste Bins at CIHSR on June 5.
In a short programme held before the clean-Up exercise, Chief Engineer, PHED, Cadet Er. Y. Tep, who attended the event as special alumnus guest, in his brief address called the participants to join hands towards making a sustainable world. Reminding the quote “we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children” he urged not to focus only on the present and live for today, indulging in own immediate needs but to think about how current actions will affect the planet where the future generations will live on.
He also stressed on the importance of curbing carbon emmission and its serious consequences for human and its environment. Citing the example of Bhutan which is the only carbon negative country in the world due to its massive tree coverage, he called every effort to reduce carbon emmission and encouraged use of less pollutants for healthier environment.
(Page News Service)