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Time for drastic measure: Azo
Correspondent KOHIMA, May 22(NPN):
Published on 23 May. 2010 12:06 AM IST
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With the rest of the world witnessing a drastic climatic change this year including drying up of perennial rivers and drop in underground water level, Minister for Health & Family Welfare Kuzholuzo Nienu (Azo) today made a clarion call to the people for adopting drastic measures.
“If we don’t wake up and take drastic steps, tomorrow the entire human race could be wiped out”, Azo said while addressing the tree plantation programme to commemorate the observation of International Bio-diversity Day organized by NPF Youth Wing at the New High Court complex, Merema. As leaders, we should show our concern and posterity will remember what we do today, he added.
Stating that the state was witnessing drastic climatic change this year, he cited the experience of Tizu River, which he said has dried up just before joining Lanyü River and the ring wells in Dimapur were also drying up.
On the occasion, he also stressed the urgent need to start saving water and the need to stop Jhum cultivations to combat the global warming and climatic change. Human adventures for greed had gone deep into the earth and into deep blue sea and the mother earth is reacting today, he added.
Imotemsu, Director, Global Open University who spoke on “Bio-diversity, development & Poverty Alleviation” said that the survival of human society and culture is dependent on biological diversity.
The fact that we are threatened today is due to our own reckless human activities and there is an urgent need to take immediate and comprehensive measure to reverse this trend, he said.
In this regard, he also stressed on the urgent need for conservation of bio-diversity to meet the needs and aspiration of present and future generation.
He also reminded the need to take into account the various traditional practices of conservation in the process. Environmental problem is caused by the people and the people itself become the victim he said and reminded that NE is presently the 6th fastest degrading bio-diversity which experts should be concerned.
The formal programme was followed by plantation of tree sapling around the designated New High Court Complex and its approach roads with varieties of tree species.
The minister planted the first sapling which was followed by hosts of other Parliamentary Secretary and MLAs colleagues which also includes opposition MLA Tarie.
Around three hundred saplings were planted on the day. The tree saplings and site preparation were done by the State Forest Department.

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