Meghalaya joined the rest of the globe in observing World Environment Day virtually throughout the state via video conferencing.
Addressing the virtual gathering, Chief Minister Conrad K. Sangma said that all need to accept that climate change is happening and it will affect everyone. He added that the adaptation to climate change is going to be a very critical part for policymakers at the highest level.
Thanking the different stakeholders in the conservation, restoration and preservation process, he added that the biggest responsibility in making a difference lies with an individual and urged upon all to take small yet significant steps towards the environment. The Chief Minister also pledged and called upon all to bring 500 square kilometres of forest cover in the state in the next few years.
Forest and Environment Minister James P. K. Sangma also said that the theme of the World Environment Day this year is very apt for Meghalaya. Calling for promotion of Forest Economy in the state, the Minister also informed of the various afforestation projects in coal mining-affected areas. He also said that the department is looking at the restoration and cleaning of two entire stretches of rivers in East Jaintia Hills which are polluted due to unscientific coal mining.