Plant more trees, walk more and drive less was the message to the people during the World Environment Day observation held at M Raikhan Ecological Park, Talui village in Ukhrul district.
Native fruit sapplings and orchids were planted during the event organised by the Zingtun Tangkhul Katamnao Long (ZTKL)-Green Zingtun Mission.
"It is a local action with global significance. We can contribute more to society by taking up actions based on 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 pm to 5 pm were carried out by about 60 participants," stated a release by the organisers.
The programme was led by TKL Christina Shangjam, and the celebration of WED was deliberated by Dr Ngalengshim. He 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, 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 then advised to plant more trees, contemplate on nature and express in the form of song and poetry, walk more and drive less so that they benefits in both ways i.e. exercise and pollution control. He then congratulated the ZTKL and the host TKL for taking up such initiative and stressed that such actions bring hope to the people.
He also inaugurated the ZTKL- Green Zingtun Mission Orchid Park within the Machazang Raikhan Ecological Park.
In his keynote address, former ZTKL president, AC Thotso said, "We envisage to utilize this 2 sq km magnanimously donated by Talui village, now named as M Raikhan Ecological Park, as a preservation hub". Thotso also said that this park would stand as a cradle of "our history and commitment to Green Zingtun Mission".
As a pilot project, Thotso said that they would be launching a Native Orchid’s Farm and fruits bearing trees plantation within the park as part of our mission and observation of World Environment Day.
"We are committed to plant and nurture local species as much and to the extent possible covering IVRs and village premises through mass participation," he also stated.