Ukhrul: The Zingtun Tangkhul Katamnao Long (ZTKL) on Monday observed World Environment Day 2022 at M. Raikhan Ecological Park, Talui Village under the theme, Only One Earth.
The event, organized by TKL under ZTKL- Green Zingtun Mission, the two student bodies celebrated World Environment Day 2022 by planting native fruit trees and orchids in M. Raikhan Ecological Park, contributing more to the society by taking up sustainable nature based actions under the theme “Living Sustainably in Harmony with Nature”.
The activities commemorating the 2022 celebration of the World Environment Day at Talui village Community Hall which unfolded from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm were carried out by about 60 participants.
Participants were from different village student units, and the interested public. The program was led by TKL Christina Shangjam, and the Celebration of WED was deliberated by Dr. Ngalengshim. The latter also deliberated on the basic concept and significance of Environment and Biodiversity for our livelihood. He elaborated on the Ukhrul district environmental conditions like forest fire, hunting, deforestation, and the uses of pesticides and fertilizers- the main threats to the Biodiversity and Environment which they have
found from their Rainforest Biodiversity of Phalee documentation and research.
Home Raikhan, IRS (Rdt), the Chief Guest of the event elaborated on the concept of Ecological Park and its components village, and how we should make an eco-friendly, family friendly and a standard infrastructure including proper waste management system. He also advised to plan more trees, contemplate on nature and express in the form of song and poetry, walk more and drive less so that it benefits in both ways e.i exercise and pollution control. He congratulated the ZTKL and the host TKL for taking up such initiative and stressed that such action bring hope to the people. He also inaugurated the ZTKL- Green Zingtun Mission Orchid Park within the Machazang Raikhan Ecological Park.
This year’ World Environment Day, explored the most sustainable nature based actions. “Our WED 2022 celebration ran on the activities of planting native fruit bearing tress including Ceylon olive (Elaeocarpus serratus), Nepali hog plum (Choerospondias axillaris), Kafal (Myrica esculenta), Manipuri oak (Quercus serrata), and bird cherry (Prunus napaulensis), Prunus cerasoides, (Cherry), Ficus spp. They have cultural, medicinal, and aesthetic values, and have potential to generate incomes. We have planted Dendrobium spp, Red vanda, Blue vanda, Bulbophyllum spp., Phalaenopsis spp., Papilionanthe spp., Coelogyne spp., Cymbidium spp. etc. We believe what we are doing today will decides the coming 10 years. We are losing biodiversity at an unprecedented rate, with significant consequences for people around the world. But we can all take action to help protect and reverse it. Large or small scale every effort count and we can still make a difference. Our rich traditional knowledge and Local Actions are still relevant in Environment Regeneration and Conservation. Biodiversity remains the answer to several sustainable development challenges. From nature-based solutions to =climate, health issues, food and water security, and sustainable livelihoods, biodiversity is the foundation upon which we can build back better. The Indigenous Peoples, the guardian of nature, we are key to the future of humanity and the framework of regeneration and conservation including all life forms. Let our contributions be the hope for the future and let’s take a pledge to regenerate & conserve our unique #Biodiversity and make only one Earth, our planet a better place. We believe- everyone, everywhere, and anytime can help create a more sustainable planet. And for this, every performance matters, no matter how small, or no matter where you are, or who you are,” said the organizer ZTKL.