Gangtok, June 30 (IPR): Hon’ble Minister for Forest and Environment Department Shri Karma Loday Bhutia, convened a press conference at Forest Secretariat today in view of the upcoming programme on “A Day for Mother Earth” scheduled to be held across the state on 7th July. The day is also coinciding with the closing day of the weeklong Van Mahotsav.
It may be recalled that the Government of Sikkim launched a new green initiative of dedicating “A Day for Mother Earth” on 7th July last year in South District as a step towards nature conservation and protection.
Hon’ble Minister Shri Karma Loday Bhutia informed that this year, there is a greater initiative involving environmental friendly activities to address climate change including no vehicular movement for 7 minutes and tackling animal-human conflict through the plantation of edible plants across wildlife regions in the State. These activities aim to contribute towards Nationally Determined Contributions and Sustainable Development Goals for positive climate action, he added.
In his brief address, the Minister said that the State Government has laid emphasis on conservation of forest through various environmental measures in a weeklong nature conservation programme from 1st to 7th July 2020.
He appealed to the people of Sikkim to contribute to the initiative by observing no vehicle plying for 7 minutes except emergency vehicles on 7th July to avoid carbon emissions. He also appealed to the public for their active participation in cleaning their surroundings, jhoras and rivers throughout the week from 1st to 7th July and urged all to resort to eco-friendly lifestyles and create low carbon footprints.
Touching on the subject of man-human conflict, the Minister said that such conflicts are due to shrinking habitat and it could be tackled by introducing edible plants in the forests such as phunchey, bhadrashey, amphi, kattus, okhar and lapsi in certain regions of the State.
The Minister also informed that there will be a plantation programme for all the 32 constituencies of the State with a target of planting 1,000 saplings each.
The meeting also had the presence of Chief Conservator of Forest(CCF) Shri B.P. Pradhan, CCF Wild Life Shri D.C. Nepal and Member Secretary, State Pollution Control Board Dr. Gopal Pradhan.