COVID-19 is a warning to protect nature: Mnp CM

COVID-19 is a warning to protect nature: Mnp CM
Manipur CM N Biren Singh planting tree saplings in Imphal in connection with World Environment Day on Friday.
IMPHAL, Jun 5 | Publish Date: 6/5/2020 12:59:30 PM IST

The disastrous effect of COVID-19 pandemic faced today is because of torture meted out to nature, said Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh in a speech on the occasion of the World Environment Day 2020 on Friday.

“The lesson we are taught by COVID-19 is nothing but giving a warning to take care of nature. If not, the survival of the living things including humans will be at stake,” Singh worried.

He opined that the new corona virus pandemic was born out of human’s neglect of nature, environment and other living things with humans in the world.

“Over exploitation of the nature has led to the increasing natural disasters like untimely heavy rain, flood, drought, abnormal temperature etc. we face facing today,” he said and appealed the people to take care of the nature more than one’s own mother.

The chief minister cautioned the people that the disease could spread anywhere and infect anyone if we do not take precautionary measures and obey the advisories, guidelines and protocols issued by WHO, health ministry and medical experts.

 Stating that more than 35,000 natives have returned to the state from different parts of the country, he said the state government has been taken up all precautionary and preventive measures to control the spread of COVID-19.

He appreciated the efforts of frontline workers, CSOs, local volunteers in the fight against COVID-19. 

“With the co-operation and support of the people, there has been no single case of community transmission in the state till date,” he claimed.

At the same time, the chief minister appealed the returnees to obey strictly the SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures) and guidelines issued by the government from time to time. 

He affirmed that a collective responsibility and understanding can defeat the COVID-19.

As World Environment Day 2020 was observed across the state at various levels, Singh led others in tree plantation in Imphal’s at Samadhi of Maharaj Gambhir Singh, Bir Tikendrajit Park and Rani Gaidinliu Park today. Singh said that the essence of celebrating World Environment Day was to save human lives by protecting and preserving the environment.  He maintained that natural disasters, global warming, climate change etc. were the consequences of the destruction of nature.  “Humans need nature for survival and nature doesn’t need us,” he added.

Giving importance to preserving forest and wildlife, the chief minister stated that “we must take necessary measures to save the earth.” 

The chief minister said that the government has initiated “Green Manipur Mission” so as to conserve and preserve the forest area of the state. 

He said mass plantation drives are being taken up in various parts of the state, and  appealed to the people of the state to accomplish the mission.

New state forest and environment minister Awangbow Newmai expressed his concern on the protection and conservation of forests, environment and nature and highlighted ecological imbalances being created by human beings. 

He observed that natural calamities witnessed in the recent years was due to ecological imbalance caused due to destruction of the nature over the years, without understanding the close link and various contributions made by the nature in human life.

The minister said, “The day is a reminder for each and every citizen of the state and the world to commit themselves to protect the human life and the nature.” 

“By protecting the nature, we will protect the human life and human race,” he opined.

In another occasion of World Environment Day, the forest, environment and climate change minister released a 20 minute documentary film titled “Protected Areas of Manipur……the Wilderness Unexplored” produced by the state forest department under the Nature Learning Centre, National Mission on Himalayan Studies, Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change, Government of India.


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