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Worship your environment to stop climate change says Manipur Governor

Imphal, Dec 03 (UNI) We all should follow the old tradition of worshipping our environment like trees, lake, river to protect the ecosystem said Dr Najma Heptulla, Governor of Manipur here today during a function at Hotel Imphal.
Dr Heptullah also formally inaugurated a three-day media workshop on climate change reporting as part of a media sensitization initiative in the northeast organized by Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme (IHCAP) of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Centre for Media Studies (CMS).
We also have to stop the habit of throwing everything to the rivers and the lakes she said. The Himalayas protects our country and the people and we should work to make the Planet safe for our children she said. She added“while scientists have been working on different aspects of climate change and state governments are preparing plans for adaptation, media has a powerful role in generating awareness and motivating communities at the local level.”
She said she was amazed by the sight of Loktak lake in Manipur, one of the biggest fresh water lake . She announced that she would soon be launching a programme to involve children in regeneration of the wetland.
She appealed to media persons to focus more on impact on climate change on remote, vulnerable communities and they should also highlight case studies of success at local level which do not find much space or not adequately covered.
The Governor also released a manual titled “Himalayas, Climate Change and the Media” on the occasion.
State Environment Minister , Irengbam Hemochnadra said Manipur has taken a lead in the country to meet the challenge of climate change. Manipur was among the few states in the country to have formulated action plan on climate change and to have initiated action to implement the same.
The Indian Himalayan Region is one of the most vulnerable mountain systems in the world. If effective measures are taken in time, experts believe it may be possible to prevent further degradation of the ecosystem. “Through this programme, we are trying to trigger interest in climate change, its impacts on sustainability, livelihood issues and adaptation stories among journalists, editors and media houses in the region and thereby among the masses,” noted Dr Shirish Sinha, deputy director of Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation.

P N Vasanti, director general, CMS, said ''The challenge before journalists reporting on climate change is to connect changes occurring at the local level with larger global climate science and policies. We need to build this capacity among interested journalists.”
She mentioned that CMS Vatavatan film festival has been trying to spread awareness about environment through films.
Dr Shirish presented a paper on Indian Himalayan, Dr M Homeshwor, Director Environment on Action Plan on Climate Change and Dr Dinabandhi Sahoo, Director IBSD on Impact of Climate Change. Dr I Meghachandra, Scientist spoke on climate change and agriculture and Dr T Brajakumar on Adaptation practices.
Under the programme, a series of media workshops will be held in all the Northeastern states over the next three years. Senior thematic experts, scientists and policymakers will participate in these workshops and interact with journalists from different media outlets in the Himalayan states. Fellowships will also be awarded for journalists from the region to write field-based stories. Best stories written by state-level journalists will be awarded at the end of the programme.

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