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M. C. Konyak plea
Published on 5 Jun. 2010 12:44 AM IST
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On the occasion of World Environment Day on June 5, Nagaland minister for forest and environment, ecology, wildlife and excise has made fervent appeal all individuals, organizations, civil society and especially the youths to come forward and to focus their thoughts and energies to make a collective effort towards protecting the environment.
He said that the state forest department had declared 2010 as the “Year of Tree Plantation for Carbon Mitigation” and would be undertaking plantation programmes in different parts of the state all throughout the year. He appealed to all individuals and organizations to feel ownership of the planted saplings and care for them wherever they find them. He said that the plantation program was being undertaken with the intention to lessen the effects of climate change, water scarcity and the ill effects of carbon emission as well as to attract attention to the larger issue of the degradation of the environment. “If we don’t take urgent steps right now, the environment as we know it will change for the worse,” Konyak said.
He said the Nagas should be proud that their land was blessed abundantly with nature’s bounty and with rich bio-diversity. He, however, pointed to the dramatic degradation of environment in the state over the last few decades the effects of which have begun to feel in homes and towns. Drawing attention to this, Konyak urged everyone to think about the future of their children saying that environmental integrity was very much a part of the inheritance of their children.
This year’s World Environment Day is being celebrated under the theme “Biodiversity” and with the slogan - “Many Species. One planet. One Future.”

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