GUWAHATI, June 9 - In consonance with this year�s World Environment Day theme �Beat Plastic Pollution� that aims to inspire governments, industries, communities and individuals to reduce the consumption and production of single-use plastics, WWF-India pledged to give up single-use plastic by minimising and ultimately phasing out usage of all single-use plastics in all its offices across India.
The organisational policy on the same includes guidelines on plastic use and recycling, and a transparent data-monitoring programme to track the use of single-use plastics in WWF offices in India.
As part of its week-long activities to drive the message of reducing single-use plastic consumption, WWF-India Assam and Arunachal Pradesh State Office conducted awareness campaigns in departmental stores and market places at different localities of Guwahati.
On June 4, an awareness programme was organised at Handique Girls� College. It was attended by Dr Amarjyoti Kashyap, president of ENVIRON, Prof Ranjit Choudhury, senior adviser of AAPSO, Utpal Dutta, Principal of Handique Girls� College, among others.
Archita Baruah Bhattacharya, State Coordinator of AAPSO began the proceedings with her welcome speech accompanied by a power-point presentation on the theme. She appealed to the student community and all present to follow the maxim �Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Refuse and Repurpose and Give up Plastic to Beat Plastic Pollution.�
Dr Kashyap shared his ideas with the audience on 'how to manage solid waste' and help curb plastic pollution followed by an interactive session with the audience. The programme ended with a pledge whereby everyone present pledged to give up single-use plastics to beat plastic pollution.
World Environment Day on June 5 was marked with the AAPSO team joining an awareness drive organised by the Guwahati Municipal Corporation at the Uzanbazar market area. The programme was attended by Mayor Mrigen Sarania and Monalisa Goswami, Commissioner-GMC, among others.
This was followed by WWF�s awareness programme at Deepor Beel where the Forest Department, My Gov, RGVN and Help Earth, students and teachers of Sanskriti-The Gurukul and Deshbhakta Tarun Ram Phukan ME School also participated. A plantation drive by the students and the dignitaries on the bank of the lake was another highlight.
ANN Service adds from Sivasagar: The Sivasagar Forest Department in association with district administration observed World Environment Day at Bogidoul Girls� High School and Bogidoul High School with a day-long programme. Inaugurating the meeting, Pallav Gopal Jha, DC Sivasagar called upon the students and teachers to maintain a disciplined approach towards keeping our environment clean and avoid the use of plastics as far as possible. Bhaben Mohan, district president, Sivasagar district BJP, spoke about the degradation of environment and the alternative sources of energy to stem the rot. Aswini Doley, ADC, Sivasagar and Vidya Bordoloi, DFO (Territotial) Sivasagar also addressed the gathering.
The Sivasagar District Rural Medicine Retailers Association also observed the day. Plantation of saplings was followed by an awareness meeting which was addressed among others by Manoj Borthakur, president, Rongpur Sahitya Sabha and Ashraful Rahman, reporter, Niyamiya Barta. Borthakur said that it is indeed heartening that the young generation of Indians are far more aware of environmental degradation and hence there is so much enthusiasm for protecting it. Sivasgar Zila Sahitya Sabha in association with Rudrasagar Sahitya Sabha observed the day at Sankardev Junior College with a day-long programme. Jetuki � an NGO undertook tree plantation at Joysagar Junior College.
Our Tezpur Correspondent adds: Laying stress on a plastic-free environment, this year the Sonitpur district administration urged all concerned to be aware on how polythene is harmful for the people and the other animals living in this world. A rally was taken out through the town in this regard. The Deputy Commissioner, Sonitpur, Manoj Kumar Deka flagged off the rally and administered an oath among the gathering to save their environment and the bio-diversity. Officials of the district administration, students from different schools and colleges took part in the rally. As part of the programme, the Deputy Commissioner also inaugurated a programme �Mission Prakriti� at Mission Chariali in a plot of land donated by noted social worker Prakash Bader. In the programme, a public water drinking facility facilitated by North Assam Zonal Petroleum Dealers� Association was also opened.
Our Bongaigaon Correspondent adds: Judicial officials showed their �green hearts� by planting various species of saplings on the premises of Bongaigaon court on World Environment Day.
Under the initiative of the District and Sessions Judge Indira Barman, who is also the chairperson of Bongaigaon District Legal Services Authority (DLSA), Civil Judge and Assistant Sessions Judge Roushan Lal, Chief Judicial Magistrate Kaushik Hazarika, DLSA secretary Bipaakkhi Borthakur, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate Leena Doley, Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (Sadar) Jhuma Sinha and Munsiff cum Judicial Magistrate First Class, Surajit Das individually planted saplings of shade trees at the court premises.
To mark the day Bongaigaon DLSA members organised awareness meetings on plastic pollution and its evil impact on the earth at Shankardev Shishu Vidyaniketan and Bongaigaon Town High School beside planting trees in the school campus.
GCC Alumni: Meanwhile, the Gauhati Commerce College 1978 Batch Alumni Association celebrated World Environment Day with tree plantation on the college premises. Principal Dr Homeswar Kalita along with other teachers and members of the association were present. Beautiful leaflets were also distributed among students and the public to create awareness on environment protection. The association also distributed dustbins at Rupnagar Vidyapeeth High School and Srimantapur LP School.