Tura, Jun 5, 2017: In the intention to observe World Environment Day today, a pledge for environment was taken by the students of Tura led at the forefront by The deputy commissioner of West Garo Hills Pravin Bakshi at an official programme in the District.
The programme was organised by District Administration in collaboration with Integrated Basin Development and Livelihood Promotion Programme, Tura Municipal Board and other departments and organisations of the district.
During the celebration the speakers made conscious effort to sensitise the students on the need to contribute to minimize their carbon footprint, adopt to sustainable lifestyle and plant more and more trees.
Bakshi expressed his concern on the ill effects of deforestation and degradation of the environment and said that each one should think and work together on mission mode to keep the surrounding clean and green and preserve the rich bio-diversity and wildlife.
Director of Meghalaya Basin Development Authority Daniel Ingty suggested the gathering to partner with the organisation to adopt villages for conducting plantation and establishment of nurseries and community conserve forests.
Independent journalist Saidul Khan made a video presentation on climate change and adaptation and explained to the gathering on interventions taken by different villages of West Garo Hills, where farmers have taken pledge to reduce jhum cultivation with other sustainable livelihood and income generating activities.
Advocate Debajyoti Baruah of Legal Aid Council spoke at length on environment protection laws and urged upon the gathering to unite to conserve and protect the Mother Nature.
Official of IBDLP Valentine Hebrom conducted an environment quiz and encouraged the students to appreciate nature.
Certificates and trophies were also distributed during the function to the winners of various competitions held earlier prior to the celebration of World Environment Day which includes drawing, painting, slogan writing, essay writing, green photography contest and green concept paper writing under different categories. Certificate of Participation was also distributed to the participants who took part in the Cleaning of Gandrak Stream on last Saturday morning.
Bakshi also distributed saplings to heads of institutions and organisations during the programme.
Students of different schools of Tura town also participated in a Green Marathon as part of the celebration of World Environment Day.
The event also had the presence of Chief Executive Officer, Tura Municipal Board, District School and Education Officer (DSEO), S Saha and Assistant Commandant BSF, 141 Battalion, Balvir Singh.