Gangtok, 02 July (IPR): Hon’ble Minister for Forest, Environment & Wildlife Management Department, Shri Karma Loday Bhutia, chaired a Press Conference regarding the celebration of “A Day for Mother Earth” at Forest Secretariat today.
The meeting was organized by the FE&WM Department in the presence of Principal Secretary-cum-PCCF, Shri M.L. Shrivastava, IFS, and senior officials from the department.
Outlining the week programme, it was informed that the Government of Sikkim has come up with a novel idea of dedicating “A Day for Mother Earth” on 7th July every year as a permanent feature. The day will be celebrated by taking up environmental friendly activities across the State and the venue will be South district, it was informed.
The department informed that ‘A Day for Mother Earth’ is a wider initiative taken by the present government involving environment friendly activities to address the climate change and to observe 7 minutes of no vehicle plying (except emergency vehicles like Ambulance, Police, Fire Services, etc.) on particular day throughout the State which is also culminating day of Van Mahotsav.
The Minister urged the Press fraternity to disseminate awareness regarding “A Day for Mother Earth” to cooperate for the particular day to make programme successful and to clean and beautify own neighborhood, plant native saplings, resort to eco-friendly lifestyles and create low carbon footprints.
He urged every individual for a positive action which is the need of the hour to safeguard future generations. Clean and healthy environment starts from home and hence, it is the duty and responsibility of every citizen to be well aware and conscious about environmental issues and put green ideas and green good deeds into action, he added.
During the press conference, it was also informed that the programme aims to contribute towards National Determined Contributions and Sustainable Development Goals for Positive climate action.
Sikkim will definitely work towards contributing to national target of carbon sequestration by 2030, the Minister stated.