World Environment Day: ‘Beat Air Pollution’ Echoes In Northeast

World Environment Day is annually celebrated on June 5th, across the globe. Courtesy: TIME8
World Environment Day is annually celebrated on June 5th, across the globe. Courtesy: TIME8
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Guwahati, June 5, 2019

World Environment Day is annually celebrated on June 5th, across the globe with an aim to address major environmental issues ranging from pollution, climate change, protection of Wildlife and so on. This year the green day is observed with the theme ‘Beat Air Pollution’.

Going with the theme, the United Nations Environment Programme in a series of tweets has urged the people to “join hands together and celebrate” the day.

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Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also asked the citizens to jointly work towards a “pollution free Assam” and stated that since 2016 the state government has planted 1,42,00,000 saplings across the state.

Along with the capital city of Assam, World Environment Day was marked in different parts of the state including Kamrup, Bokajan, Charaideo areas and so on. A massive plantation drive was conducted at Chola Reserve Forest under Charaideo district as citizens pledged to plant 5000 saplings, another green program was observed at Demow’s Panidihing bird sanctuary area under the guidance of Sivasagar Tourist Guide Association.

Meet The Forest Man of India

Jadav Payeng, environmental activist and forestry worker from Jorhat,  has been the pallbearer of growing a forest reserve solely with his intention of maintaining the ecology. He went on to plant saplings and seeds along a dry sandbar by the Brahmaputra river in Assam, creating a forest that stands at 550 hectares today on the island of Majuli. Better known as the ‘Forest Man of India’, Payeng started planting saplings way back in 1979. Now he is a proud owner of a forest that is visited by people from across the globe, various species of birds, including migratory ones, elephants, rhinos, tigers and many more.

Forest Man of India: Jadav Payeng
Forest Man of India: Jadav Payeng

One Citizen One Tree

On the other hand, the Meghalaya government with a mission to ‘Go Green’ and enter the Guinness World Records book on the World Environment Day, on June 5th, 2019, the state is conducting a massive plantation drive where over 1 million saplings are being planted under the campaign ‘One Citizen One Tree‘.

The Chief Minister says that they are “highly optimistic with the positive feedback for the campaign Meghalaya One Citizen One Tree” and extended his greetings of the Day.

Hawa Aane De

The Bhamla Foundation, a non-governmental organization working across many themes including health, child rehabilitation, woman empowerment & environment awareness, has collaborated with the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on a song called Hawa Aane De, keeping in mind the theme of this year.

The song that focuses on children and their future has a troop of big names from Bollywood, with actor Akshay Kumar taking the lead followed by Vicky Kaushal, Rajkumar Rao, Kapil Sharma. Singers Shankar Mahadevan, Shaan and Shantanu Mukherjee have lent their voices to Hawa Aane De.

#Selfiewithsapling

The government of India has launched a campaign called selfie with a sapling to spread awareness about building a clean environment. India’s Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said more such celebrations will take place to mark the occasion of World Environment Day 2019. Here’s what the Selfie With Sapling campaign is all about and how you can do your bit as citizens.