IMPHAL, June 5: The Vision Foundation Manipur jointly with the Pioneer health Club Manipur organized an observation of the World Environment Day at Sangshabi, Tinsid road, Imphal East, and was attended by Commerce and Industry, minister, Y. Irabot as the chief guest, Lok Sabha MP, Dr. Thokchom Meinya as the functional president and president Pioneer Health Club Manipur Thokchom Manihar Singh, as the guest of honour.
While giving his key note address, Takhelambam Tomba, secretary, Pioneer Health club, Manipur, mentioned that the climate change that has been threatening the world environment has been triggered by reckless and ignorant human activities.
He also maintained that the level of oxygen used by a jet engine during its eight hour flight is equivalent to oxygen level used by an average human being during his lifetime.
Lok Sabha MP Thokchom Meinya in his speech stated that the climate change has adversely affected the cultivation system of the state which solely depends on the weather cycle.
Delivering his speech during the observation, minister, Y. Irabot, stressed the need for encouragement of afforestation amidst the growing tend of deforestation globally especially in the state.
The participants during the observation including the dignitaries planted several saplings.
The Action for women & Rural Development (AWARD) Manipur, organised a seminar cum environment photo exhibition, at the Manipur State Art Gallery Palace Compound today as a part of observing the Day.
The seminar was attended by Ratan Luwangcha, senior photo journalist, as the chief guest, ex Lok Sabha, MP and president of Action for women & Rural Development, Kim Gangte, as president of the function.
The chief guest stated that irrespective of big or small organizing such awareness programme has become a must. He however observed that mere observation is not the need of the hour amidst such a substantial challenge before us.
The senior photo journalist further observed the announcement made by the Chief Minister for mass plantation of tree in 2005 as insinuating stating that Imphal valley could have become a forest if it was pragmatic.
The chief guest of the function handed over the Environment Photo Award 2010-2011 to Jinendra Maibam photojournalist of Imphal Free Press, REUTER, E-pao.net, certificate which consist of cash award of Rs. 5,000.
Action for women & Rural Development selected Jinendra Maibam for his outstanding job as a photojournalist work in the field of environmental issue in the state. Altogether 45 pictures based on destructive activities were exhibited during the exhibition.