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Earth Day observed in Dimapur, Kohima, Kiphire
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, APR 22 (NPN)
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Published on 23 Apr. 2010 12:11 AM IST
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The 40th International Earth Day was observed in Dimapur, Kohima and Kiphire on Thursday. In Dimapur the programme on Earth day was held at Lotha Hoho Ki, ADC court, with Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests & Chief Wildlife Warden Dimapur Dr K S Shashidhar IFS as chief guest, ADC Dimapur Sedevikho Khro as guest of honour and Editor of Nagaland Post Geoffrey Yaden as the theme speaker.
The programme organized by Green Succession of Nagaland State (Green-SONS) was sponsored by Forest Development Agency.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest Dr K S Shashidhar emphasized on the need to protect the environment and animals so that history will not be repeated like the making up of dinosaurs from fossils. Asserting that human greed knew no limits, he affirmed “If we don’t watch out then we would be watching them in pictures and videos”.
Maintaining that everything in today’s world was based on money and commercialization, the chief guest averred that even Mother Nature has her threshold limit to feed the ever exploding human population. Expressing his views on the frequent human encroachment on protected areas, Dr Shashidhar opined that social fencing was the best to control it. He also called for reducing human-animal conflicts.
Expressing similar views, guest of honour ADC Dimapur Sedivikho asserted that the people were not doing enough to protect the environment and pointed out that human beings were the only ones who are responsible for the entire mess. He also called for contribution from everyone so that the problem can be addressed to a great extent, “We have to comprise with nature and not the other way around” he affirmed.
Earlier, referring to the theme of the programme “The power of one is the power of all; The power of change” Editor Nagaland Post Geoffrey Yaden suggested a new slogan “Evolve To Involve” towards environmental action for green Nagaland . He explained that environmentally conscious citizens need to evolve a concept for changing our attitudes and to involve with active participation towards protection and preservation of our environment.
In his speech, Geoffrey expounded on environmental issues that are of global concern such as unpredictable weather patterns which he said were believed to be caused by manmade activities such as-burgeoning population that has led to largescale deforestation and encroachment of natural forests, pollution of air and water by gas from fossil fuels and modern appliances and industrial emissions.
He said as per reports, around 13 million hectares of forest areas were being lost annually in various parts of the world. A major portion of the Amazon forest denuded in South America were for cultivating organic farming by multinational corporations, he said.
Geoffrey also said the same largescale deforestation and encroachment took place in Nagaland in the once pristine Rangapahar reserved forest. He said when the forest was handed over to Nagaland by Assam, in 1963 it approximately covered 21,000 acres.Systematic plunder of valuables trees followed by encroachment reduced the area to only between 300 to 400 acres leading to total extinction of many plant and animal species.
The remaining area which has been turned into the Zoological park is still under threat he said. In this regard, Geoffrey said when Nagaland Post was launched in 1990, he accorded prime focus towards environmental awareness. He lauded the organizers of the event “Green Succession of Nagaland State”(Green SONS) for coming into existence adding though late, yet there was still hope of spreading the message to preserve whatever was left in Nagaland.
The other aspects included the rising global population which is expected to shoot up from current estimates of 6.7 billion to 9. billion by 2050.He mentioned also that human progress has also polluted environment through fossil fuels and chemicals from industries and modern appliances.
He also encouraged Green SONS to involve school and college contests on environment and also urged the Forest department to organize field trips for students to the forest reserves of Nagaland.
KOHIMA: Eco Club (National Green Corps) in Nagaland on Thursday celebrated the Earth Day with theme “Go Green” under the aegis of Nagaland Pollution Control Board (NPCB).
Eco Clubs of Viswema Vilage which comprised of John Government High School, Baptist School and Japfüphiki Krüna School undertook a road plantation drive from Visewma Village to Dzukou Valley road.
Addressing the school students at John Government High School, NPCB Chairman Rongsenwati Ao IFS said earth day was designed to inspire and appreciate earth’s environment.
The Chairman said earth supported and sustained all living being; yet human activities had done much damage to the mother earth and if the trend was allowed to continue then the very survival of mankind would be at stake. Rongsenwati also pointed out that the challenge of climate change had become one of the critical issues of planet earth and stated it is the top agenda for the global society and we all have to collectively contribute to the mitigation of the adverse effects of climate change.
Stating that Earth day 2010 should not be mere slogan, the chairman said that this day let us resolve to fight for clean air, fight for clean water, for the greens, fight for calm environment, fight for clear sky, fight for sustainable earth and fight for deforestation. (Correspondent)
KIPHIRE: Loyola Higher Secondary school, Kiphire celebrated Earth Day with the rest of the world on April 22. Hundreds of students participated in the Earth Day Revolution organized by the heritage Club of the School.
More than 500 saplings were planted by the young students of classes 1-7 in the school campus with the theme ‘Each one plant one’.
In order to disseminate information and raise awareness level on the relevance and importance of preserving the mother earth, a poster making competition was arranged for the students of classes 8-10 on the theme: “Nurturing the nature”.
Essay writing competition and poster sketching competition was also was held on the theme: “Greening the Mind and Minding the Green”. The principal highlighted the significance of the day and thanked the Heritage Club members for making the Earth Day a memorable one.

 
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