Nagaland to join Himalayan Cleanup Campaign

Nagaland to join Himalayan Cleanup Campaign

Volunteers at Nagaland Zoological Park during the Himalayan Cleanup Campaign on May 26, 2018. (File Photo)

Our Correspondent

Kohima | May 18

Nagaland will join the Himalayan Cleanup campaign on May 25 to bring attention on the problem of waste in the mountains, specifically single use plastic waste. To mark the campaign, social work will be conducted in five districts of the state on May 25, Kohima Village Youth Organization (KVYO) and Green Team Kohima told media persons here today.

KVYO president Dzüvinguzo Mepfhuo said that a social work will be conducted along Sonuoru River, Kohima. L.H Thangi Mannen, Convener, THC, Nagaland Chapter said the intention of the drive is to segregate waste and audit brand or to know which brand is polluting to a maximum number.

Mannen expressed gratitude to Kohima Village Council (KVC) for coming forward to support this event by entrusting KVYO for the same.

Social work at Kohima will be led by KVYO, along with KVC, Green Team, Kohima, Project 72, The Coming Generation, YARD and Individuals, KCCI, and KMC.

In Mokokchung, it will take place at Public ground complex to be headed by Clean Mokokchung Campaign, along with YWCA Mokokchung, MCC, and a number of educational institutions.

In Dimapur, the social work will take place at Padumpukhri headed by North East Welfare Society, along with Nature’s Ambassador; CAN Youth, Padumpukhri Village Council and Nagamese Baptist Church, Padumpukhri.

In Chümoukedima, it will be conducted at three locations headed by EAC and administration CTC with ECO Squad and CTSU. In Mon, it will be headed by Grace Ministry, with ADC and Administrator MTC. In Zunheboto, social work will be conducted in town area, headed by Green Club, Zunheboto along with Step by Step School, Olympic HR. Secondary School, Cornerstone, Merryhill and Bloomfield Higher Secondary School.

About Himalayan Cleanup

The Himalayan Cleanup (THC) is an annual event conducted across the Himalayan states of India.

It was initiated in 2018 in conjunction to the “Beat Plastic Pollution” theme of World Environment Day.

The Himalaya region, long been portrayed as sacred, pristine and untouched, has a flip side too; of plastic clogged waterways, waste being rolled down hill sides and burnt.

The mountains are severely challenged with an ever increasing problem of waste accumulation which is compounded by the fact that mountain regions are popular tourist destinations and tourism is a major creator of waste.

In 2018, the Himalayan Cleanup cleaned up over 250 sites from the 12 Himalayan states, with the participation of more than 15,000 volunteers mobilized by more than 200 organizations.

“It brought to fore the issue of waste in the mountains through a day dedicated to cleaning up our mountains and understanding what is causing the mess,” a leaflet received here stated adding that the information generated from the cleanup has enabled strong advocacy for sustainable waste management in the mountains.

With the success of THC 2018; the solidarity and volunteerism across the 12 Himalaya states of India, the focus it brought on waste; it was decided that the clean up would be continued on May 26 across the IHR.

In Nagaland, the campaign will take place on May 25 since May 26 falls as Sunday.

THC 2019 would follow uniform guidelines of the event being zero waste as well as undertaking waste and brand audits.