GUWAHATI, June 8 - Aaranyak, a society for biodiversity conservation and environmental protection, celebrated the World Environment Day simultaneously across locations of Assam.
The programme included plantation drive, audio-visual awareness talk, environmental games, awareness on loss of nature and natural resources due to detrimental anthropogenic activities, etc.
At the fringe of Manas National Park, a sensitisation programme and plantation drive was carried out by the conservation education team of Aaranyak with the community members and civil society organizations from the locality in association with Eco-Development Committees from the villages under Bhuyanpara range of the National Park.
The programme organised at Barmajra Library campus was attended by office-bearers of Laharipara, Bamunkhal and Koroibari EDCs and Jayanta Basumatary, teacher, social worker and member of Rupahi Sahitya Sabha, Baksa. Further, team Aaranyak also joined hands with All Assam Bodo Students� Union and Manas Maozegendri Eco-Tourism Society in a mass plantation drive called �Pakhiram Plantation Drive� held at Chepna NC, Baksa to mark the occasion.
To create awareness on biodiversity and the environment in general through use of media, the Media Production & Communications Division of Aaranyak screened its wildlife documentary Legends of Hollongapar at Maria�s Public School, Guwahati and Udayan Borthakur, director of the film, interacted with the students.
In addition to these, the day was celebrated in collaboration with Kaziranga National Park authorities and Kaziranga Chitrakala Vidyalaya through a tree plantation programme. The Western Assam team of Aaranyak collaborated with Prakriti Suraksha Samity and organised a rally with more than 500 students along with forest department, police officials and army officials with the slogan �Save tree Save life� at Jagun, Tinsukia.
In Guwahati, an event was organised by Aaranyak in association with the Institute of Engineers, Assam State Centre at the auditorium of the Institution�s building. The meeting was addressed by several officers of Assam police and officials of IoE and Aaranyak. In Guwahati, Aaranyak also observed World Environment Day with students and teachers at Gopal Boro Government HS School, Dispur at the school campus and Holy Home Secondary School, Pamohi with students and teachers. Another plantation programme was carried out at Garbhanga Reserve Forest in collaboration with Handique Girls� College, Guwahati and in support with Kamrup (East) Forest Division, Assam.