Plastic free workshops in Khonoma and Dzülekie

Correspondent KOHIMA, APR 24 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/24/2019 11:27:53 AM IST

In an effort to fight against the rising menace of plastic in villages, Plastic Free Destination Village workshops were conducted in Khonoma and Dzülekie villages, under Kohima district, on April 24. 

The workshops were sponsored by the directorate of Science and Technology, and Nagaland Science and Technology Council (NASTEC). 

Environmental activist and retired commissioner & secretary, LH Thangi Manen, speaking in the workshops, said plastic pollution was a new threat against a green environment and appealed to the villagers to prevent plastic pollution from becoming a catastrophe. 

Thangi pointed out that 8.3 million people are affected by plastic pollution worldwide and more than 95% of non-biodegradable substances are plastic. 

Cautioning against the use of plastic, she said it would be more expensive to clean up tomorrow than to prevent plastic pollution today. 

With the state government working towards a plastic-free state, she said the government had issued a ban on single use plastic since November 29, 2018.

Thangi further encouraged the villagers to take maximum advantage of government initiatives to tackle the issue and asked them to arrive at their own decisions and enforce rules so that the plastic free zone declaration becomes a reality. 

Ela Mary of Youth Action for Development (an NGO), called upon the villagers to be the change against plastic pollution and set examples for other villages to follow. Research Scientist (DAAD fellow), Directorate of Science and Technology and (NASTEC), Dr. Merino Visa, in her speech dwelt on the effects of plastic on people and on the environment.

Dellirose Sakhrie, retired commissioner & secretary, asked the villages to implement rules to curb the menace of plastic in their villages.

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