Updated 22 May 2022, 7:05 pm
An ‘Eco-Trekking’ for students organised by Royal Riders Manipur was carried out at Langol Range (Punshi Lok) on Sunday, as a part of a month-long environment campaign under the theme of United Nations ‘Only One Earth’ for the Environment Day, 2022.
On the occasion, RK Tombisana, president of Royal Riders Manipur said, forest is the roots of modern civilisation and the people cannot live peacefully without it.
Introducing eco-trekking to the young students, the organisation aims to develop a good experience and interaction with the flora and fauna in the region, he said. Following the pledge taken to plant 10,000 trees for the unsung heroes who gave their lives in Anglo-Manipur War of 1891, they have completed planting 5,000 trees so far, he added.
During an interaction with the Imphal Free Press, the parents and students who participated in the eco-trekking expressed joy and gratitude to Royal Riders Manipur for organising such an event. Roshan Khongbantabam from Uripok Khaidem Leikai expressed that it was a good initiative and he welcomed similar events in the future.
Nowadays, children are confined to their homes and have a very different lifestyle, Roshan added, recalling his childhood days. Another parent also said that exposing their children to the nature is a good step; this also refreshes their minds and it is an opportunity for the parents and children to explore new places.
More than 30 students, including a five-year-old came to take part in the trekking. The students also told the Imphal Free Press that it was a unique experience and they have gained new knowledge about the forest and the names of the trees. This new experience has made them develop a feeling to connect with forest and the environment, they expressed.
Founder of Wildlife and Habitat Protection Society (WAHPS), Moirangthem Loiya, who headed the trekking in Punshi Lok, told the Imphal Free Press that introducing this type of events like eco-trekking, nature walk is a must to the new generation.
He also added that exposing the students and children to reality and giving them experience besides academic knowledge is highly important.
They should feel and have a taste of nature, to develop a connection with nature, which is a crucial part in preserving and safe guarding the nature, he said.
Loiya plans to develop Punshi Lok as a trekking site for the students for understanding the nature more precisely. With the aim to preserve the forest, educational camping sites are underway, he said. He expressed his plans to give a unique experience to the new generation to connect more with nature.
First published:22 May 2022, 6:45 pm
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