Kohima, April 22: Earth Day was observed at Botanical Garden here with minister for forest, ecology environment and wildlife Y. Patton as the chief guest.
Speaking on the occasion, the minister said people of all nationalities should demand protection for the earth.
Referring to this year’s theme — The Face of Climate Change — Patton said, “Nagaland is vulnerable to climate change and based on the scientific reports forest area is dwindling and in due course of time some plant species will disappear.”
He said over the past century, the world has fallen into a pattern of unsustainable economic growth. He said in the effort to support our lifestyles, people are exhausting the planet’s natural resources and aggravating climate change which in turn threatens life sustaining eco-systems and the economy.
He appraised the gathering on Green Economy, which has the potential of generating millions of jobs.
Principal secretary (forest, ecology environment and wildlife), L. Kire highlighted the importance of Earth Day and appealed to all to create awareness among all stakeholders to protect the environment. He also spoke about sustainable use of power and on the need to conserve energy.
Patton gave away prizes to the best eco clubs. The first prize was bagged by Fernwood School, Kohima, while the Children’s Christian School, Kohima, and Government Primary School, Daklane, Kohima, got the second and third prizes respectively.
Additional principal chief conservator of forest, M. Lokeshwara Rao, said, “Let us pledge to create awareness to save our natural resources and make planet earth a beautiful place to live.”