Himalayan cleanup campaign launched in Nagaland

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 5/26/2019 11:14:25 AM IST

Along with ten other cleanup teams across Nagaland, Himalayan cleanup campaign kick started on May 25 in Kohima, Chumoükedima, Mopungchuket,Wokha and Dimapur. 

Kohima: Kohima Sanuorii cleanup campaign kick started with an inaugural programme held at Kohima Arts College auditorium.

According to DIPR report, the campaign was organised by the Kohima Village Youth Organisation (KVYO) and Green Team Kohima (GTK) on the theme “Our mountains deserve better in Kohima”. “Much has been said on how precarious our environment and the land we are living in have become, however, not many have come forward to save the environment” said KMC administrator Kovi Meyase.  He said that the KMC was proud to be part of the initiative and assured support in the coming days.

General secretary KCCI, Akhrieu Mor, said that the exercise will be carried out meticulously as it was not just about collecting waste and dumping it in the dumping site but understanding waste and how it was polluting the environment.

Chairman Kohima Village Council, Dr. Neiphi Kire also speaking at the programme added that if everyone started cleaning their own house and nearby surroundings then the world would be a better place to live in. Volunteers began the cleanup drive from various points like Tinpati, Secretariat and Kohima college area and culminated at the Sanuorü Bridge with waste segregated from all points to be taken to the dumping area.

CTC, CTYO & EcoSquad: Chumoükedima Town Council (CTC) in partnership with CTYO and EcoSquad organised clean Himalaya campaign at Chumoükedima town with participation of volunteers from Agape Higher Secondary School, St Joseph Higher Secondary School, Mt Mary Higher Secondary School, Govt Higher Secondary School, North Town Higher Secondary School, CTSU and EcoSquad. 

According to DIPR report, the event was an opportunity to meet likeminded people and build solidarity towards sustainable lifestyle. The event was organised on the zero waste concept. Through this campaign, seven locations were cleaned with a total participation of 240 volunteers.

Mopungchuket: In Mopungchuket village, 91 volunteers teamed up and cleaned three prominent sites in the village periphery, initiated by The Greensight Project in association with the Youth Ministry of Mopungchuket Baptist Church.

A press release from The Greensight Project convener, Limalenden Longkumer stated that the sites cleaned included Süngkotenem Park, Mangkolong oak tree avenue stretching three kms and Longrangtenem Park, all of which are frequented by tourists and visitors.

A total of 212 kgs of waste were collected from the three sites comprised of pet bottles, multi-layered packaging wrappers and single-use plastic items, tins, textiles, glass and other plastic items. After collecting and segregating the wastes, brand and waste audits were undertaken at all the three cleanup sites simultaneously. 

The remaining garbage was disposed at MMC dump site located 25 kms away from the village.

Earlier in the morning, a brief thanksgiving programme was held at Pongen Salang for Mopungchuket winning the second place in the Himalayan Cleanup 2018 competition. The volunteers present also pledged to be ambassadors of plastic-free Mopungchuket. Volunteers from the village council, Watsü women organization, eighteen women’s SHGs and MALT participated in the campaign. 

WVSU: Ten youths from Wokha and Wokha Village Students Union (WVSU) trekked to Mt. Tiyi on the theme, “Green wave”. 

A press release from WVSU stated that, the mission to clean Mt. Tiyi from plastics as well as proper disposal of garbage was done in collaboration with district administration on the government’s directive to restrict and ban use of plastics and free from non-biodegradable substances and declare Mt. Tiyi as plastic free zone. 

Four American cheese nut sponsored by Khyolamo Humtsoe was planted at Mt. Tiyi. Youths who participated at the clean camping appreciated DC, Wokha, Dr. Jeelani Samoon, SDO (Civil) Wokha, Chonbenthung Ezung and EAC development Toking for supporting and assisting the youths.

The youths also requested all Citizens from Wokha district to be responsible for ecology and to restrain use of plastics while visiting Mt. Tiyi. 

They also reminded the citizens that waste should be properly disposed off to keep the mountain free from non biodegradable substances. Citizens have also been cautioned against cutting down of trees as the mountain was a guardian to the people.

Dimapur: The clean campaign was also carried out at Padam Phukuri Village.

The cleanup was jointly coordinated by CAN Youth, North East Welfare Society, Nature Ambassadors in Collaboration with Padam Pukhuri Village Council and supported by Eastern Christian College, St. Mary Higher secondary School, Pint Mount School and Victory Nagamese Baptist Church, Padam Pukhuri. 

A press release by CAN Youth stated that the cleanup held at four locations within Padam Pukhuri Village and altogether 220.2 kgs of waste were collected and 118 sacks were used during the segregation and brand audit.

The release stated that a short interaction was held between cleanup coordination team, village council chairman and secretary, GBs and VDB secretary on how to minimize the usage of single plastic use and installation of dustbins in every shop.

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