The World’s leaders, fifty years ago in 1972 with consensus to protect the planet declared 5th June as the World Environment Day (WED). The increase in human demands for resources has eventually led to an accelerated crisis in form of biodiversity loss, pollution, and climate change. With this year’s theme “Only One Earth” it was aimed to reinstate our environment for safeguarding human well-being and a healthy planet.
With this goal Aaranyak- one of the leading conservation organisations of India, undertook multiple activities across the state to commemorate the day. To ensure that we reach out to the society as a whole, our activities involved students, local communities, conservationists, Government agencies to name a few. With a target of reviving the environment, we conducted various activities such as plantation drives that advocated nurturing the plants as well, cleanliness drives, sensitization events through fun learning such as quiz and painting competitions for students, and facilitating human-wildlife coexistence around places like the Raimona, Manas and Kaziranga National Parks of the state, at Gauhati University, Dimoria College, several schools of the state, Englepathar village of Karbi Anglong, Kundarbeel, Amjoli, and Bhulatar villages of Udlaguri districts and at the Institution of Engineers, Guwahati. On another occasion we jointly organised an outreach event on 6th June with Paschim Guwahati Mahavidyalaya and delivered lectures on the WED theme. A leaflet reflecting sustainable ways of lives was developed and distributed widely. With our multi-pronged activities, we reached out to more than 3000 people directly.
Moreover, many of our eminent conservationists and senior scientists were invited by various institutions to deliver lectures and share their expertise and experience towards ensuring a healthy planet. Dr. Partha Jyoti Das addressed young students and other officials through his keynote lecture at the Rajbhawan, Guwahati in the presence of His Excellency Professor Jagdish Mukhi and the first lady of the state.
Dr. Bibhab Kumar Talukdar delivered a talk at the Institution of Engineers, Panbazar and was invited to a plantation drive at Sonapur college, while Dr. Purnima Devi Barman addressed a gathering at Guwahati Commerce College. Whereas, Ms. Bobby Nath interacted with women self-help group members to highlight our role as citizens to combat the crisis.