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World Environment Day: Two Days of Inspiration

Everyday is World Environment Day' is an oft heard comment these days. The Green Guard Nature Organization swears by it and on the 2nd day of the World Environment Day celebrations, a People's March was organized from Jiajuri to Chapanala, in collaboration with the Jiajuri Yuvak Sangha. The purpose was to raise the pitch for nature conservation and increase awareness of the consequences of global warming and the marchers carried three logs covered in shrouds to highlight rampant forest destruction in the Karbi foothills. It was followed by a Nature Awareness Camp at the Chapanala Chariali where members of the print and electronic media interacted with the participants. Hundreds of men, women and children, some with their faces painted as wild animals raised slogans and carried placards to conserve nature and save the planet from catastrophic climate change.

At the Nature Awareness Camp, organized with the support of the Sanctuary initiated TINA Grant for Dulu Bora, the participants vowed to relentlessly pursue greening of the area and live 'green' lifestyles. They also promised to undertake massive plantation of elephant fodder trees with Green Guard Nature Organization in the degraded Karbi hills habitat. Dulu Bora also advised the participants that in a global civilization, it is important for everyone to 'think global and act local'. 

On 5th June, students from 30 schools around the Karbi foothills area converged at Chapanala, Nagaon, to celebrate World Environment Day organized by Green Guard Nature Organization, Protibha Bikash Gosthi, JDG Girls High School and the Forest Department. Nearly a thousand students, teachers and members of various community groups participated in the programme which included face painting, poster art, folk dance, sloganeering, tree plantation and awareness talks. Hemanta Sharma, Dulu Bora and Raju Bora from Green Guard and ACF Motiur Rahman from the Forest Dept. talked about the relevance of World Environment Day, climate change and the need to adopt environmentally aware lifestyles. The programme started with a token tree plantation programme at the JDG Girls High School and concluded with the planting of thousands of saplings, stumps & seeds of native species, including nearly 1000 elephant fodder trees like bhim kol (giant banana), jack fruit, etc. at Bagherghati, close to the species rich Swang RF near Chapanala.

At Morigaon, 5th June was marked at St. Theresa's School by Green Guard Nature Organisation in association with the Regional Organisation for Social Empowerment and the Photography Club of Morigaon.  Activities included the screening of a wildlife documentary, slideshow on snakes by Debajit Kalita, an interactive discussion session by Ranjan Barthakur and Dip Jyoti Bora and a token tree plantation in the school premises.

Elsewhere, Green Guard Secretary General Rituraj Phukan delivered a talk on Climate Change impacts & opportunities at the World Environment Day celebrations at the BitChem Knowledge Centre at Baridua, Meghalaya and the seminar organized by the Federation of Industry & Commerce of North Eastern Region (FINER) at the NEDFI Convention Centre, Dispur, Guwahati.

 

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Rituraj Phukan is the Chief Operating Officer, Walk For Water; District Manager, Assam, Nagaland & Manipur, The Climate Reality Project India and Secretary General of Green Guard Nature Organization.

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