Gangtok, 27 Sept:
Affected Citizens of Teesta [ACT] in collaboration with Blooming Sikkim and Save Dzongu held a daylong awareness programme on climate change. It was done in solidarity with the ongoing global strike against climate change being undertaken by young students in different corners of the world, said the organisers.
Students from different schools and members of different organisations took part in the programme held outside East DAC, Sichey in Gangtok. They held placards with message of protecting the environment and bring a change in our lifestyle to tackle climate change.
Speaking with media, ACT general secretary, Gyatso Lepcha said the programme today was in solidarity with the global strike against climate change happening across the world and done by young students.
“We cannot ignore global warming. The campaign against climate change is happening around the world. Our students should also be aware about this because this generation will be facing climate change. We also wanted to bring awareness among the people of Sikkim,” said Mr Lepcha.
He further said that the first impact of climate change and global warming is taking place in the Himalayas, polar region and mountainous areas of the world.
“We are seeing the impact in the form of cloud bursts, intense and unpredictable rainfalls, landslides and unseasonal snowfall. Our glaciers are melting which will adversely affect the rivers. Our cash crops like cardamom are also on a decline. We want to appeal to the government of Sikkim to rethink on the developmental projects and not take up those projects which are harmful to the local ecology,” added Mr Lepcha.
During the day, many activities related with environment protection were held which included songs by students and a signature campaign.