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Meghalaya joins rest of the world in observing World Environment Day

Shillong, Jun 5 (UNI) Meghalaya joined the rest of the world in observing World Environment Day on Friday by carrying out several tree plantation drives across the State.

While former Meghalaya Assembly speaker and senior Congress legislator Charles Pyngrope launched cloth bags to replace the menace of plastics and also to provide avenues to the people.

Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma, accompanied by Chief Secretary MS Rao and officials of the Forest Department planted saplings around the iconic Wards Lake and also at State Secretariat premises in the city.

The day was observed with the theme: “Time for Nature”.

“I have been raising in the Assembly since 2008 regarding the ban on single use plastic. I felt that I must do something to ban plastics because you cannot say ban without providing an alternative to the people. So I took the initiatives during this lockdown, and an idle mind thinks a lot,” Pyngrope said, launching the cloth bags.

Pyngrope gave the cloth to those whom he had given the sewing machines from his Special Urban Work Programme (SUWP) scheme to stitch these bags and gave them Rs 30 for one bag.
“I will try to make 15,000 bags for Nongthymmai constituency through tailors ladies and gents and will have them through churches and other organizations to sell it to the people,” he said.
Underscoring the importance of protecting the environment in the daily day to day life, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said, “We should all do our bit for the environment and the planet we live in. Let us start taking steps in our day to day lives to protect our environment and let us pledge to make every day an Environment Day.”

“Small steps like saving water and electricity, reducing carbon dioxide emission are ways that we can contribute to our environment,” he added.

The Environment Day was also observed in all the eleven district headquarters in the State.

On the other hand, the Border Security Force also observed the World Environment Day by conducting mass tree plantation drives across all the Border Out Posts (BOPs) along the India-Bangladesh border and in all the three BSF sectors in Meghalaya.
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