Tree plantation, awareness rally mark WED celebration

ITANAGAR, Jun 5: Tree plantation and awareness rallies marked World Environment Day (WED) celebration in Arunachal Pradesh.
The WED-an environment programme of the United Nations– is celebrated every year on June five to raise awareness on emerging environmental issues and take action accordingly for protection of the environment.
Each year, the WED has new theme, and ‘air pollution’ was the theme for this year’s celebration.
Participating in the celebration at Raj Bhawan here, Governor BD Mishra called upon the people to plant more and more trees to save the environment.
On the occasion, the governor along with his wife planted saplings of Rudrasha (Elaeocarpus ganitrus) in the Raj Bhawan compound.
The capital complex administration in collaboration with the Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society organized a ‘mass tree plantation’ programme near the police headquarters, Itanagar on the occasion of World Environment Day on 5 June.
DC Himanshu Gupta and other officers attended the plantation programme along with volunteers of APWWS. 50 trees were planted near the highway.
The Department of Environment & Forests celebrated the WED with various programmes here, involving the students.
As part of the celebration, the department organized
an awareness rally from the PCCF office to IG Park here, where a mass tree plantation progammes was organized later.
The rally was flagged off by PCCF and Principal Secretary (E&F) Lalram Thanga and participated by the students and teachers from various schools of Itanagar and Naharlagun area and officers and staffs from the department. Saplings were also distributed to the participating schools.
The department also organized drawing and painting competitions on the key theme among the students and prizes were awarded to the winners.
The Forest Department of East Siang along with the officials of Mebo sub-division celebrated the WED by organizing a roadside tree plantation programme at Bodak along Pasigh-Yingkiong road. The day was also celebrated at Mebo and Ruksin in East Siang district by the department.
The All West Kameng Students’ Union in collaboration with the Forest Department, Bomdila division celebrated the WED at the new Bomdila College campus at Wangho village. Over 1000 seedlings were planted in the college campus. The students of the college also participated in the tree plantation.
On the occasion, the department of Environment & Forest, Tawang planted more than 500 saplings of Blue pine and Cryptomeria at different locations within the Tawang town.
Various organizations, schools, colleges and NGOs also celebrated the WED by organizing tree plantation programmes, awareness rallies and meetings in order to raise awareness on various crucial environmental issues and sensitizing the students and the public about their role in addressing these issues.
The day was celebrated by the 31 BN ITBP, Yupia, the staff and officers of the Regional Outreach Bureau, ministry of I&B at its office complex at Senki Park here, the NCC cadets of Rajiv Gandhi Govt. Polytechnic under the 1 AP Battalion NCC (Army), the College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat, East Siang, the Team EPC (Apatani), Ziro in Lower Subansiri district, Mirmir Bull, a Pasighat based NGO, AMYAA (NGO) and the children of Ridgeview Public School, Roing in Lower Dibang Valley district, VKV, Oyan in East Siang district and the Magic Club Arunachal.