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World Environment Day observed in various parts of Manipur

Chief Minister N Biren Singh warned that state is currently facing an environmental emergency due to unprecedented loss of forest cover, due to human interference on a massive scale once in the lush green forest. 

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Kangpokpi/Churachandpur/Thanga: World Environment Day was observed in different parts of Manipur Saturday. The day is observed every year on June 5 as declared by United Nations General Assembly in 1972.

It was established to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference on the Human Environment. The day which was first observed in 1974, is observed across the world to raise awareness on conservation and protection of the environment and to describe the importance of Mother nature. 

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The theme for 2022 World Environment Day is “Only One Earth” and is hosted by Sweden. It calls for collaborative, transformative initiatives to celebrate, protect and restore our planet, promoting sustainable living everywhere and acting on the climate crisis. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first global environment summit launch.

On the occasion,  Chief Minister N Biren Singh warned that state is currently facing an environmental emergency due to unprecedented loss of forest cover, due to human interference on a massive scale once in the lush green forest. 

“Meeting this challenge requires the support of one and all for channelizing thought and action towards appreciation of the danger to the future of your young generations on account of activities propelled by short-sighted ambitions, understanding the impact of environmentally degrading human activities, such as acute water distress, floods, lake siltation, voluntarism in giving up of such activities; adoption of and transition to new livelihoods, etc,” said the Chief Minister, in his message. 

The Chief Minister also urged everyone, including civil societies, to come out and become pivotal advocates, awareness-raisers, and supporters to help ensure this beautiful state remains green and habitable. 

As part of the World Environment Day observance, Kangpokpi Forest Division Saturday organised a mass plantation program near Toribari at the Kanglatongbi-Kangpokpi Reserve Forest (KKRF). The plantation program was participated by DC Kangpokpi, Kengoo Zuringla, District Level Officers and Civil Society Organisations of the district. 

Around 2,000 seedlings were planted today during the mass plantation program. Till this season, the Kangpokpi Forest Division has successfully planted 12,000 seedlings near Toribari area and plans to continue it till the plantation season. 

In Churachandpur district, National Service Scheme, National Cadet Corps of Rayburn College, Gangpimual, in association with Churachandpur Forest Department organized Tree Plantation Drive on the occasion of World Environment Day at Rayburn College campus today.

As a part of this campaign, a solemn program was organized in the campus graced by the presence of the Shivanand Surve, SP, Esther Laltankim Serto, Divisional Forest Officer, Lunkhomang T. Haokip, Range Forest Officer, Principal, Deans, faculties, and students from various departments who enthusiastically engaged in World Environment Day campaign.

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Speaking on the occasion, Esther urged the participants of the event to protect the world we live in, rejuvenate our only earth and take the initiative to promote afforestation. “The theme of this year’s environment day is Only One Earth and we must come together to take efforts to make our planet clean and green for generations to come” she added.

In the Bishnupur district, as a part of the worldwide celebration of “World Environment Day” Loktak Development Authority (LDA) observed the day at Loktak Lairembi Ground, Thanga, Bishnupur District, Manipur Saturday.

Union Minister of State, External Affairs & Education Dr. RK Ranjan Singh; President, BJP Manipur Pradesh A. Sharda Devi and MLA, Thanga AC T. Robindro attended the programme as dignitaries.

The Programme was divided into two sessions namely Morning and Afternoon Sessions. Community tree plantation will be held at along the foothills of Thanga, Sendra and Karang in the Morning Session at 7:30 A.M. A Cycle Rally will also be flagged off by the Commander of  9 Sector IGAR South from Maibam Lokpa Ching at 10 A.M.

The Afternoon Session featured several events such as the release of fish fingerlings, Pena Yaikairol by Floating Hut Repertory, the launching of LDA’s Website, the release of pamphlet,etc.

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