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Rios plea on Environment Day

Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio planting a sapling on the occasion of World Environment Day at Chiephobozou on Friday (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 5 (NPN):
Published on 6 Jun. 2009 12:28 AM IST
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Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio Friday called upon the people to protect forests, plant more trees and save mother earth. He said this during a tree plantation programme organized by the department of forest at Chiephobozou in commemoration of World Environment Day. Pointing out that global warming had become a challenge to all, Rio warned it would worsen if human beings do not protect the environment and change their lifestyle. “The earth can satisfy your needs but it cannot satisfy your greed” he said. Advocating the importance of tree plantation and protection of forests, the chief minister called upon the people to contribute towards protecting the earth and also create awareness on it. Principal chief conservator of forest, A. Rongsenwati Ao commented that industrialization, urbanization, deforestation etc had contributed largely to global warming. “Human beings have over exploited the natural resources” he said. With a concern to mend the environment, Ao said plantation programme was a symbolic representation of greening the environment. He asserted that every tree planted would contribute towards combating climate change. As a mark of World Environment Day, the chief minister planted saplings at Chiephobozou and Botsa. The department also organized plantation programmes at different places in Kohima including Zhadima with the 10th IRB, Thizama with the 4th NAP, Dzü along with 164th Territorial Army, and Zubza with the Western Angami Women Organization and Leaf Group. Tree saplings were also distributed by the department to schools and colleges.

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