Students join global strike for climate justice

Students join global strike for climate justice
Students holding placards during the climate strike programme.
DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 9/22/2019 11:47:25 AM IST

Climate strike programme was conducted as part of the weeklong global climate strike for climate justice at Honili Memorial Higher Secondary School campus (HMHSS), Dimapur on September 20. 

A press release from HMHSS Dimapur stated that, more than two hundred participants joined the event, supported by the Student Christian Movement of India (SCMI) under the leadership of Tolly Yeptho, coordinator of SCM North East Zone-II.

Renemsongla Ozukum, a theologically trained activist with concern for climate justice,  while addressing the students and youths mentioned how this campaign was inspired by a 16 year old Swedish girl Greta Thunberg, since 2018 and that “Strike for Climate Justice by young people is becoming an unstoppable global movement now with a clear and urgent message to policy makers to act toward climate emergency”.

Renemsongla, pointed out that Dimapur was becoming one of the most ecologically challenging cities in India where summer was getting longer with heat waves and high humidity.  

Founding editor of The Morung Express, Along Longkumer, representing the newly formed, The Naga Rising, in his address called for creating a safe and sustainable world for children. 

Pointing out that climate change and global warming was not a fiction anymore but a reality, he called for collective effort from both citizens and government. 

He said that Naga community can learn from the experiences of the west, which had to suffer the consequences of large scale industrialization and mass consumption, leading to the present crisis.

Signature pledge was conducted on a cloth banner, where more than two hundred participants who were mostly youth activists from Dimapur Childline 1098, church youth leaders, and senior friends from the SCMI such as Dr. Panger Kechu, Kughaka Aye, Temsuren, agreed that the Earth is the Lord, and all that is in it, the world and those who live in it (Psalm 24) and that humans are simply steward and earthlings. 

Kughaka Aye, a senior member of SCMI asserted that if human beings were responsible for destroying the earth, the wisdom and movement to heal the groaning earth should also emerge from humans.

Others who spoke included Vinoto Shohe, a Lhomithi church youth leader, Temsuren youth evangelist from Dimapur Ao Baptist Church.

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