Nongmeibung people launched “Plant and Protect” campaign

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, May 20, 2018: Nongmeibung people today launched a ten-day programme of road side tree plantation with the motive to make the locality green on the principle of ‘think globally, act locally’.

The plantation programme was jointly taken up by Eastern Students’ Club, Nongmeibung, Green Planters Society and Nongmeibung Chakpram Leirak Development Committee, under the Manipur governor’s initiative for a green Manipur.

The organisers at Nongmeibung aim to plant 1,000 Ashoka tree saplings. The saplings were provided by the state forest department.

“A huge drastic change is witnessed in the environment due to cutting down of trees. Imphal valley is experiencing unusual change in temperature as buildings have replaced trees. We take up this initiative at the residential area so that we can contribute our share to motivate fellow beings against global warming”, said R.K Priyobarta, as social worker of the locality.

The plantation programme was launched while the residents of Nongmeibung have been taking up cleanliness programme with the advent of summer season.

About 40 men and women took part on the launching day of the plantation programme.

The planted trees are fenced properly and we will water them every day so that our venture would not go in vain, said Gunadhor, a club volunteer.

People in the locality appreciated the forest department for their support.

Priyobarta said we take this plantation following the awareness campaign “Plant and Protect” initiated by governor Najma Heptulla.

This initiative at Wangkhei Assembly segment is the first initiative of the campaign.

According to the Indian Network of Climate Change Assessment climate change will increase temperatures across Northeast India in 2030s. It says that in the north east region, temperatures will rise by 1.8° C to 2.1° C while the mean annual rainfall is likely to increase by 0.3 to 3 percent in 2030s.

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