Shun plastics to protect wetlands, students told
Dimapur, Feb. 10 (EMN): Wokha district forest officer (DFO) Zuthunglo Patton spoke about different types of wetlands and stressed on the importance of three “Rs” – “Refuse, Reduce and Replace” on single-use plastic items in order to protect wetlands while speaking to students on the occasion of World Wetlands Day event held at Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, NEEPCO, Doyang on February 7.
An update from Nagaland Forest department informed through a press release that the programme was organised by Wokha Forest Division with deputy general manager (Civil), DHEP, NEEPCO Ltd., Prabir Kumar Ghosh as special guest. It added that World Wetlands Day is observed annually across the world on February 2, marking the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in 1971.
DFO Doyang Plantation Division Chisayi dwelled on important roles that wetlands play and encouraged the students to minimise use of plastics and proper disposal of waste as it pollutes water bodies.
To mark the occasion, students were asked to collect discarded single-use plastic (SUP) water bottles from their surroundings and hand it over to the Forest department. The students then painted the bottles to make a signboard that read “REUSE ME”, informed the update. In return, the students were given reusable water bottles along with calendars.
Quiz and documentary on biodiversity and wildlife conservation were also held during the occasion.