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World Environment day celebrated

Assam Tribune, Guwahati, 6th June, 2013

World Environment Day 2013 was celebrated by different schools and organizations here on Wednesday.

A host of competitions including poster making and face painting, along with a photo exhibition, were held to mark the day by students of Sarala Birla Gyan Jyoti in the school campus at Amingaon.

Around hundred students participated in the various events, with special focus on Gibbons. Earlier, students of the school had visited Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary. The students had, for a week, highlighted diverse aspects about gibbons, as their habitat is facing a range of threats including damage to their natural ecosystems.

A quiz and a street play competition will take place on Thursday and Friday. Moreover, a number of documentaries featuring environmental concerns were shown to the students.

The University of Science and Technology, venture of ERD Foundation, organized an Awareness Rally and Sapling Plantation drive on the day. The rally was the highlight of the day with around 250 students participating with colourful placards and slogans written on them, starting from the Ganesh Mandir near 9th Mile at 9:45 a.m and ended at 9th Mile, CRPF, 2nd Gate. A Sapling Plantation drive was also held in 9th Mile and inside the USTM premises.

Prof H P Sarma, HOD. Dept of Environmental Science, Gauhati University interacted with the students of USTM and delivered a talk on the topic: “Environmental Consequences of Human Interference”. He spoke about water resources, biodiversity, forest resources, land, disaster and global warming. Speaking on the issues related to the water resources of the planet Prof Sarma said, “80 countries of the globe are suffering from water problems and in India more than 60,000 villagers do not have drinking water”. He went on to state that arsenic disease is the highest water disease in India.

“For more than 4 decades we are celebrating it but very few people actually know about World Environment Day”, said Prof Chandan Mahanta, Dept. of Civil Engineering, IIT, Guwahati who also had an interaction with the students of the University.

A documentary “And The Friends of Kaziranga” produced and directed by renowned film-maker and sound engineer Kaaju was also shown on the occasion.

The day was also observed by the inmates of Guwahati Central jail with a plantation drive. The student and youth welfare cell of Assam Pradesh Congress Committee organized plantation drive at Dhirenpara Prathamik Vidyalaya.

The All Guwahati Students Union (AGSU) organized a day-long sapling plantation drive in various schools, colleges and public places across the city on the occasion.

South Guwahati Students Union, East Guwahati Students Union, Central Guwahati Students Union and West Guwahati Students Union, along with the Gauhati University unit of All Assam Students Union (AASU) took part in the programme.

Principals of various colleges and schools, teachers and students, besides local people, participated and planted saplings on the occasion.

AGSU president Rajmil Ali formally inaugurated the event at a function held at Dhirenpara primary school and addressed an awareness meeting.

At SB Deorah College, AGSU general secretary Raifuddin Ahmed took part at a sapling plantation ceremony along with college principal Dr Dharmendra Nath.

Ali and Ahmed in a joint statement later said that the globe is facing massive environmental and ecological imbalance on account of unsustainable practices and called for concerted effort to create awareness among the people regarding environmental issues.