Dept of forest, Kma: The department of forests, ecology, environment and wild life on Tuesday organized a program on ‘World Environment Day’ 2011 under theme “Forest: Nature at your service” at PCCF conference hall Kohima.
Addressing the gathering, Tsenchibemo Lotha, IFS, CCF(M &E) said the principle of ‘World Environment Day’ is being celebrated on June 5 every year around the world since 1972 by the United Nations with a theme, and stated this year’s theme “Forest: Nature at your service” was most appreciate.
He said forest provide ecological services and play a key role to battle against climate change, provides green economy and health care system, adding 25% of medicines are derived from herbal medicinal products.
Dr. K. Kire, IFS , NTC said since the world was witnessing a massive degradation of environment, the United Nations in 1972 took a decision to start ‘ World Environment Day’ which came into being on June 5 with a purpose to take a re-look at the environment and a pro-active role to protect the environment.
Presenting a brief figure on survey conducted by researchers from top world universities, Dr. Kire said the survey revealed that out of 179 countries where environmental impact study was conducted, it found Brazil to be the worst on environment indicators, followed by US and China, while India stood 7th as the most environmentally hazardous country in the world, and Singapore adjudged the best on environment indicators.
Pointing out that population growth and economic growth was the main cause of environment depredation/degradation, he said the population has grown from 300 million in 1947 to 1210 million in 64 years, with India supporting 17% of the world’s population on just 2.4% of the world’s land area.
He said economic growth due to urbanization, industrialization, intensification of agriculture, increase in use of fuel energy and increase in transportation, often leads to air pollution, water pollution, land degradation, deforestation, and depletion of natural resources and loss of bio-diversity.
Earlier, the program was by chaired by Dr. CL Goel, IFS, PCCF, Nagaland who called upon all to respect nature and follow the age-old tradition where the environment used to be revered. Vote of thanks was delivered by Albert Solo, IFS CCF (EB&R). Later, a massive tree plantation program was carried out at MLA’s Hostel complex Kohima by officers and staff of the forest department and other participants.
Zunheboto: ‘World Environment Day’ was observed at Zunheboto under the theme ‘Forest: Nature at your service’ on June 4 at Sutsa Academy Zunheboto. The programme was organised by land resources department. EAC Renpomo Lotha who graced the occasion as chief guest encouraged the public to preserve forest and save nature. DPO Zunheboto, Levi Bennet delivered the keynote address. Lecturer government college, Dr. Sakulemba and lecturer, government higher secondary school Zunheboto, Lima spoke on the topic ‘Forest, nature and global warming” and “Effect of plastic on environment”. As a mark of the occasion, different species of trees were distributed to the public.
DIS Zunheboto: DIS Zunheboto observed ‘World Environment Day’ under the theme ‘Man and Forest’ at GPS Nito Mount participated by all the schools under its jurisdiction. I. Kiheto Sema, NCS deputy commissioner Zunheboto graced the occasion as chief guest and dignitaries from different departments and GBs of Zunheboto area attended the program. Pineapple saplings to be planted in all the schools surroundings were distributed. Further, 14 schools participated in the elocution competition on world environment and GPS DEF, GMS South Point East and GPS Alahuto won the best three awards. The day concluded with a felicitation especially to Vihoshe Muru, DIS Zunheboto for sponsoring the program.
Mokokchung: ‘World Environment Day’ in Mokokchung was jointly organized by divisional forest office and Mokokchung Town Baptist Church youth department Mokokchung. Lima, research asstt., forest department was the main speaker of the function. Global warming and climate change was his main topic. He touched on all the recent happenings like global disaster and natural calamities which directly reflects on the climate. As per Forest Survey of India report 2009, 201sq. km of forest land was deforested between 2003-2007 in Nagaland. He attributed this trend was all because of jhumming, logging and developmental activities etc. He challenged the Mokokchung Town Baptist Church youth department and the dwellers of Mokokchung town to contribute something to save the mother earth. The function was chaired by Imkumba RFO, Mokokchung, invocation by Yanglu, asso. Pastor, MTBA and a short speech by Temjenmenba MTBA youth leader followed by a special number presentation. Divisional forest officer, Mokokchung delivered the vote of thanks. The day long observation of ‘World Environment Day’ was marked by distribution of saplings to schools, colleges, all wards, department, NGOs, Clubs and public of Mokokchung town.
Changtongya: Changtongya town observed ‘World Environment Day’ on June 6 at SDO (C) office compound. The programme was organized by sub-divisional departmental co-ordination forum. Later, ornamental trees were distributed to all sectors, colonies, schools and respective department.
Sabalie Colony: Sabalie Colony (SC) ward no. 8 Chumukedima observed ‘World Environment Day’ on June 4 on the theme “Go green”. More than 1000 saplings donated by Moa Walling DHO were planted within the colony jurisdiction.
Charity Residential School: Charity Residential School (CRS) Dimapur observed ‘World Environment Day’ on June 6 at the school premises. Science teacher Khuvishe Hollo stressed on the importance of caring for environment and school principal Rev. Dr. N. Khashito Aye highlighted on India hosted 2011 “Global World Environment Day” under United Nations Environment Day programme (UNEP). A debate competition on the topic “Global warming- controllable or not controllable”, including art competition and song competition was also conducted on the theme “Heal the world”.
Unity College: Unity College (UC) observed ‘World Environment Day’ by organizing various competitions on environmental issues.
LMHS Tuensang: Loyim Memorial high School (LMHS) Tuensang observed ‘World Environment Day’ on the theme ‘Forest: Nature at your service’ by planting hundreds of trees saplings and by cleaning streets.
Dimapur Railway High School: ‘World environment Day’ was observed at Dimapur Railway High School (DRHS) on June 5 and 6. On the spot drawing and essay writing competition among students, plantation of saplings in its campus and awareness campaign on June 6 were the highlights of the day. Rajkamal, headmaster, Subrata Sarkar, Sanjit Chowdhury, Rupa Dutta, A.L. Acharjee and Ratneswar Sharma retired office superintendent spoke on the occasion.