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Renewing Efforts for Restoring Planet Earth

“We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it.”

Barack Obama, Former US President

These powerful words sum up the harsh reality of climate change in a nutshell. Yes, our Climate is changing. And this is staring us right in our face. Hence, NEHHDC (North Eastern Handicrafts and Handloom Development Corporation Ltd), Pamohi, Guwahati joined hands with Nature’s Orbit, an organization working consciously for spreading awareness about the environment. Under the banner Regenerative Restoring Planet, both organizations jointly organized programs to create awareness towards the need for a collective approach towards a sustainable way of life.

The three-day program was held from Dec 24th to the 26th at NEHHDC, Pamohi in Guwahati.

The world is waking up to the fact that we are reaching the tipping point beyond which climate change may become irreversible. If this were to happen, we risk denying the present and future generations the right to a healthy and sustainable planet. The only way towards a healthy and sustainable future is to follow an environmentally friendly lifestyle.

The events spanning three days took off with an Ecological Restoration Cyclothon and a small informal discussion on Lake conservation and restoration at Deepor Beel Lake. Participants enthusiastically took part in a waste collection drive and a plantation drive later in the day.

Various workshops and exhibitions, including Pottery Making, Upcycling, Art, Photography and some Documentaries, added an offbeat charm. The events intended to create awareness about eco-friendly activities, so crucial towards a carbon-neutral life in days to come.

The Panel Discussions centred around the need to take action for the environment. The discussions stressed creating awareness, educating people with solutions, and reducing our carbon footprint. The mentors included Ms Elsie Gabriel, Ambassador, Global Quest; Founder, Young Environmentalists Programme Trust; National Coordinator, Climate Reality the USA, Brigadier Rajiv Kumar Singh (Retd), Managing Director of NEHHDC, Rituraj Phukan, Naturalist; Participant COP 26; Founder, Indigenous People’s Climate Justice Forum.

Among the Panelists present were Padmashri Jadav Payeng, Forest Man of India, Shri Balasundaram Founder, Auroville Bamboo Centre, Ms Sahithi Divi (Director, Mohanam Village and Heritage Centre), Farmer Samir Bordoloi, Agripreneur; Founder, Spread NE, Shri Utsav Pradhan, Founder, TIEEDI Forest, Darjeeling; Specialist, Permaculture, Anand Malligavad, Lake Saviour, Ms Malvika Bhatt, Principal, DPS Khanapara, Ms Bonti Saikia, Senior Programme Associate & Administrator, Green Hub, Akansha Duarah, Principal, Akshar Forum, and Arshel Akhtar, Cycling Mayor of Guwahati

The highlights of Day one included Ecological Restoration Cychothon at Deepor Beel, followed by a formal opening ceremony and a panel discussion amongst experts on IPCC “Code Red for Humanity”, followed by workshops on Hand Building Pottery 101, Art with found objects and Herbal Splash.

Events on day two included an Open Street by Pedal for a change & ESAF, Orbital Addas | GLOCAL(Act Local Think Global). An E-waste installation and collection drive by Northeast Waste Collective helped to raise funds for the Monpas of Sangti Valley in managing their waste responsibly.

Day three of the initiative took off with Mobility Talks by Guwahati Active Mobility Forum. The day concluded with the conclusion and plan of action amongst the experts. The participants enjoyed the internationally-awarded documentary, ‘Before I Die’.

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