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Plant trees call marks Earth Day programme

 IMPHAL | Apr 22

Source: Imphal Free Press

Forests and Environment Minister, Th Shyamkumar today appealed to the people to plant more trees instead of indulging in deforestation to conserve and protect the environment.

Speaking as chief guest at World Earth Day function held at Manipur State Film Development Society (MSFDS), Konung Mamang the minister said the state government would take steps for safeguarding the state’s green environment.

This year’s World Earth Day is celebrated under the theme “Environmental and climate literary.” Parliamentary secretary (home), L Susindro also attended as the president.

Shyamkumar said “during bandhs or blockades people cut down huge number of trees for blocking the roads. Such deeds are against the act of nature.”

Pointing out the environmental degradation over the years the minister said people can no longer see weeds in the fields. The weeds are replaced with the plastics waste.

“The world is witnessing ecological imbalance due to the advancement of science and technology. Use of new machines and household products like refrigerators, deodorant, air conditioners among others has also impacted on the environment,” Shyamkumar said.

He also said that the present generation should take care of the future generations and should be cautious while using household products that affect the environment.

“Government of Manipur should take relevant steps for the safeguard of the green environment. Students and every people should plant more trees instead of deforestation,” he said.

Shyamkumar further said that concerned departments are discussing water conservation and environmental protection measures at various locations including Tamenglong, Ukhrul, Kangpokpi, Senapati, Dzuko valley, Kwatha village and Moreh. He assured that appropriate action will be taken up in the coming months.

M Homeshwor Singh, environment director said the celebration was first introduced by Gaylord Nelson from Wisconsin, USA on April 22, 1970 and is being observed in 192 countries throughout the world on April 22 every year.

To save the environment from industrialisation World Earth Day was introduced to the world, he added.

G Tomba Sharma, retired principal of DM College of Science said that on this day people have to organise cleanliness programmes, awareness programmes for green environment and people should plant at least a tree to save the green environment.

He also said that it is very essential for plantation of trees because of decreasing area of tropical forest with the increase in population.

Directorate of environment distributes free rare indigenous plants saplings during the function. Around 500 students and teachers of Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyala, Andro, Wangkhei Model school, Mega Manipur school, Yaralpat and environmental science department, DM College of Science took part in the observation along with officials of directorate of environment.