Kikon calls for action on climate change

Kikon calls for action on climate change
(L-R) Mmhonlumo Kikon addressing the gathering. Students taking part in the painting competition.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 11/26/2019 12:16:31 PM IST

Advisor IT&C, Science & Technology, New & Renewable Energy, Mmhonlumo Kikon called for action to tackle climate change stating that it was everyone responsibility and not just the government.

He said this while speaking as penal speaker at the interactive session with students on climate change under the “Meet your Legislator” initiative on the theme ‘Taking Climate Change awareness to the People’ on November 25 at Model Christian College, Kohima organised by Young Indians (Yi) Nagaland Chapter in association with Integrated Mountain Initiative (IMI).  

He stressed on the need to strengthen the support mechanisms reminding the youngsters that “we have only one world” and called for  collective responsibility towards the climate change movement. 

He asserted that state must not be producing as much waste as compared to developed countries but everyone should start  playing their own part before it was too late. 

The advisor also highlighted on the initiatives of the State government in setting up Solid Waste Management, as well as focussing on the initiatives to improve access to LPG and biogas. He recalled how he joined politics because of climate change as he was an environmental activist earlier. 

CEO, Entrepreneurs Associates and founding member of IMI from Nagaland, Neichute Doulo, who also graced the event as panel speaker, spoke about the importance of trees in the long term impact to the environment and stated that Entrepreneurs Associates (EA) started “Tree for wealth Movement” with the objective to make Nagaland the fruit hub in India and transform the economic landscape of the state. 

He also recalled the flash floods in Nagaland a few years back and mentioned how Entrepreneurs Associates played a role in controlling the effects in Kiphire district by starting the “Rice for Trees Campaign” where they donated 1 kg of rice for every tree planted.

The session included an interactive session with students from St Joseph College Jakhama and Model Christian College & Higher Secondary School, Kohima

The session was chaired by Ben Imchen and Rohan Abraham of Yi Nagaland Chapter with introductory remarks by Yi Chapter Chair Shukngam Shishak.

During the hour long session, students asked a number of questions touching on deforestation, initiatives that the students can do to promote civic sense, promoting environmental awareness and concerns among the political leaders, roles of NGOs in the state vis-à-vis climate change initiatives and the short term-long term impacts of the efforts.

A painting competition was also organized amongst the students on the theme “Unchecked effects of Climate Change in Nagaland – Year 2030”. 

The first prize of Rs. 3000 was won by Zurenthung Odyuo from Model Higher Secondary School and second prize of Rs. 2000 was bagged by Thejavinuo Savi of Model Higher Secondary School while the third prize of Rs 1000 was won by Zuben Kikon of St Joseph College Jakhama.

The programme concluded with the distribution of tree saplings to all attendees.


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