The 2022 World Environment Day campaign #OnlyOneEarth focusses on “Living Sustainably in Harmony with Nature” and calls for collective, transformative action on a global scale to celebrate, defend and restore our planet.
We are re-energising the slogan to emphasise that planet Earth is still the only home we have and to push for transformative actions to restore the balance between people and the natural world to create a better future for all.
In solidarity with the global campaign NEN observed the day with different stakeholders at the grassroot level.
On 3rd June, the staff members of NEN Nagaland at Resource Center, Chizami village organised tree plantation and campus beautification. NEN Nagaland organised tree plantation, nurturing, beautification, sanitation drive, mapping and sharing on the significance of indigenous trees by community knowledge holders on 4th June 2022. With 210 participants from 3 villages viz. Chizami, Enhulumi and Sumi, the pre-event was organised in collaboration with Chizami Students’ Union, Jehohanan Strivers, G.M High School, Enhulumi Students’ Union, Sumi Village Students’ Union and other CBO’s.
On 4th June NEN in collaboration with SEWA organised a street campaign in Kohima town to create awareness on ‘Waste – Reduce Reuse and Recycle’, with demonstration and sale of repurposed products made through recycling of waste produced at home. The campaign received much support from SEWA members who donated their used cloth items. The ‘Home Based’ workers (tailors) then stitched them into usable kitchen utilities viz. pot holders, hand towels and shopping bags.
At Dimapur, the Women Collectives (SEWA) and NEN reach out to the local authorities for a collaborative measure on 2nd June 2022.
The Department of Environment Forest and Climate Change, Nagaland through donated 550 saplings to carry out the campaigns in Dimapur areas. The dept. also conducted an awareness session on the need and management of trees, which was attended by 25 SEWA leaders. They later disseminated the message to its unit members during the drive in different parts of Dimapur and Chumukedima. In total 130 women participated in the campaign in which trees were planted, along with sanitation and awareness drives. 13 locations in Dimapur and Chumukedima were covered through the campaign with much enthusiasm and zeal by the women collectives.
NEN Meghalaya observed WED 2022 in 8 different places of East Khasi Hills and West Khasi Hills. The Out Reach Workers (ORWs) along with children, youth and women came together with the shared message to minimise the use of plastic bags and to carry reusable cloth bags for shopping. They were encouraged to use reusable water bottles rather than buying packaged plastic bottles, plant more plants and trees and to have dustbins frequently to avoid throwing rubbish around the locality. Youth and children did a cleanliness drive in their locality followed by a drawing competition.
NEN Assam observed WED 2022 in 6 districts. Women and youth from several villages in Udalguri, Darrang, Kamrup, Golaghat and Dhemaji came together for tree planation drives and awareness events. In Dhemaji and Golaghat the day was celebrated with many engaging activities for school children in collaboration with local schools.