Awareness programme, painting competition mark ‘Earth Day’

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 4/23/2019 12:03:13 PM IST

Along with the rest of the world, the Earth Day was observed across the state by various institutions and organizations.

Awareness programme and painting competition were organized to demonstrate support for environmental protection. 

NRGV: New Riphyim Green Village (NRGV), Wokha observed the day on the theme, “Protect the species” initiated by the Natural Nagas and organised by the New Riphyim Students Union (NRSU) and New Riphyim Youth Organisation (NRYO) on April 22.

A press release from NRYO and coordinator for “Earth Day 2019” Amos Odyuo stated that, Steve Odyuo, chairman Natural Nagas and the architect of the Green Dream Project of New Riphyim Green Village spoke on the conservation related issues in the local context. He advised the community that green policies laid out in the road map of the Green Dream Project should not be politicised but should turn the dream to a reality. With global attention on conservation and tourism focussed on this small corner of the world, he warned of biopiracy as well as over exploitation of the natural resources. He also drew attention to the human/elephant conflict in the area and assured the community that though the authorities were helpless, they were yet to find a solution. He also expressed hope that the global community for conservation will step in to recognise this humane gesture of the community.

Amos Odyuo, spoke in detail the significance of the Earth Day and stressed on the contribution of various species of flora and fauna in maintaining a balanced ecosystem especially the role played by the elephant and bee. Wonchio Odyuo, president E-META (Explore Morashen Eco Tourism Association) as well as the new team leader of Green Dream Project spoke on the scope of ecotourism and biodiversity conservation. He said that ecotourism was an alternative and sustainable source of livelihood in conservation of the ecosystem as well as the community of Riphyim. A pledge to protect the species and mother earth was taken by the participants. Short speeches of assurance and co-operation were delivered by associate pastor of New Riphyim Baptist Church, Village Council chairman and Women Hoho. The programme chaired by general secretary of Riphyim Students Union (RSU), Rhonlanthung began with an invocation by Alex Odyuo and vote of thanks by Pichow Odyuo, Natural Nagas.

MITE: Modern Institute of Teacher Education (MITE) Kohima also observed the day by conducting awareness programme at the college auditorium on April 23. 

A press release from MITE Kohima principal, Dr. Devanand Sinha stated that the day’s attraction was the ‘theme exposition’ by intern and assistant professor, Mokokchung College of Teacher Education, Pomei Jorlym where she exposed the danger of the extant species becoming extinct that includes aquatic, terrestrial and human beings too. The programme was led by Rejoy Fithu, invocation by Chemrilla, vote of thanks by Khekavi and benediction by Adise.

KDLSA: Kiphire District Legal Services Authority (KDLSA) conducted painting competition in commemoration of the day at Government High School, Yangphi. Participants from Elbeth High School, Saramati High School, Cambridge High School, Government High School Yangphi, Agape High School n Government Higher Secondary School took part in the competition. A total of 32 LLC club members took part in the programme.  A press release from project relations assistant NSLSA stated that in the competition, Nipuka from Cambridge High School won the first prize, Kheaven from Elbeth High School and Avili S Sangtam from Agape High school bagged the second and third prizes respectively. 

Meanwhile, introductory speech on the importance of Earth Day was given by panel lawyer DLSA Kiphire, Hotingkiu. Principal Saramati View Modern High School, CP Bose also spoke on the theme of Earth Day. Besides, separate competitions were also held at Government High School Amahator, Christian High school Pungro, Government Higher Secondary School Pungro and Government High School Phelungre.

MDLSA: Mon District Legal Services Authority (MDLSA) also observed the day at DRDA hall Mon by organizing painting competition with the Legal Literacy Club (LLCs) from five schools under Mon town. 

In the competition, the first prize was bagged by Lily from LLC Don Bosco School, second prize by Aying of Don Bosco School and third by Hongong of Konjong Higher Secondary School.  

The programme was chaired by panel lawyer, Moba, an introduction on earth day was delivered by secretary Mon District Legal Services Authority, Seyielienuo.

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