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Thursday , October 4 , 2012
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Church on green drive in Nagaland

Kohima, Oct. 3: The Baptist Church in Nagaland has decided to embark on solving various issues confronting Naga people.

The Nagaland Baptist Church Council, the biggest church organisation in the state, has come out with a draft climate policy to fight the effects of climate change. In addition to this, the council has taken up a drive against poll anomalies, corruption, HIV/AIDS and prohibition.

The Church is expected set up a separate department known as social and environmental council in all churches, conventions and associations and incorporate lessons on environment, ecology and climate change in its Sunday school curriculum for all classes. The council has also included subjects like HIV/AIDS in the curriculum of all Church-run theological colleges and schools.

The churches will observe Green Sunday on the first Sunday of June every year, where they will hold prayers for the protection of nature and creating awareness about the environment. From March to June every year, all Baptist churches will conduct awareness and plantation drives in the state.

The church council has banned killing of wild animals and birds during the breeding season from April to October and in protected areas and forests. It has also banned fishing by means of chemicals like bleaching powder and insecticides. It has committed to cut carbon footprint by 10 per cent every year, by checking excessive cutting of Christmas trees and consumption of meat, electricity and firewood during festivals.

The Baptist Church will promote sustainable waste management and declared littering of waste or dumping of wastes in rivers, streams and church compounds and the use of biodegradable items like plastic in any religious function as an offence.

The council said the Northeast contributes minimum in the emission of greenhouse gases but gets the maximum impact of climate change and expressed concern about the increasing deforestation.

“The Bible has many verses about the symbiotic relationship between God, man and nature. We may not have paid due regard because of our human-centric attitude but climate change is the outcome of our unscrupulous actions,” the draft policy said.