In one of its most significant meeting, representatives from the Church associations of several denominations, Zeliangrong Baudi (Nagaland) and students of the Zeliangrong community deliberated on the need to inculcate and strengthen ‘conservation of culture’ for sustainable livelihood.
Organized by the Care – Centre for environment and rural poor (C-Cerp) in St. Xavier Higher Secondary School Jalukie, the meeting underlined the need to focus on development with the right perspective.
“Developmental programmes are not development when its policy is deprived of health, sanitation and human rights. Unplanned development or in other words unsustainable developmental activities in our surroundings has caused health hazards especially to the marginalized group”, stated Liangsi Niumai John, director, C-Cerp in her keynote address.
She also added there were a number of related issues and this growing complexity was a threat and concern for the society. Nagaland, a victim of both geography and the ravages of a sixty year separatist movement have gone above the all India level of rural and urban area human poverty with 45% and 16.8% respectively, while the basic amenities poverty also stood at 20% and the national level at 17.5%, she further stated.
The meeting endorsed to sensitize from the grassroot level to henceforth change their mindsets and instill conservation culture’ for sustainable livelihood. Resource persons and eminent personalities of the meeting included Nalini Nayak, Dr. Gabrielle Dietrich, Dalakliu, Seno Tsuhah, K.L John, and Fr. John S. Kavas, principal, St. Xavier Higher Secondary School, Jalukie.