Celebration of World Environment Day by Balipara Foundation
World Environment Day is celebrated globally on June 5th of every year to inspire people around the globe to become aware about the environment and learn more about ways they can help to ensure the safe future of our planet. Balipara Foundation also celebrated this day by doing activities like plantation drive and saplings donation. The day first started with saplings donation among the locals at the centre of Balipara. Then the EHBA team moved towards the Sengelimari Garo Village where they donated lemon saplings to the village in exchange of king chilies. The Foundation in association with the MASK donated around 1000 saplings of Artocarpus heterophyllus (Jackfruit) and Dillenia indica (Elephant apple) to the people of Bodo, Garo, Assamese and Nyishi communities. They jointly along with these communities planted the saplings in a forest restoration site near Phuloguri Nyishi Village. Dr. Gitamani Dutta spoke about the importance of the day and about our environment during the event. During these discussions, Mrs Mainu Marak, a conservationist, shared her experiences when she in support of the villagers stopped the illegal shifting of the boulders from the hillside near Phuloguri Nyishi Village. Due to the removal of boulders from the hillside, the village experienced heavy floods and landslides which used to destruct their crops. After her initiation, the village committee also supported her and prohibited the outsiders to carry the boulders.
Meanwhile at EHBA, the rest of the team donated saplings to the students of Adabarie T. E. School and to the people of Adivasi and Nepali communities. During the event, the team along with Mr. Rajen Kurmi and Mr. Hardev Singh shared their views on environment and instructed the students and the community people about the techniques of plantation. After the donations, Mr. Hardev Singh felicitated Mrs. Seal who instead of killing or selling, helped the team to rescue a Gecko found in their home. Sangita Deka and Manu Saikia visited the Adabarie T.E. School where they taught the students how to plant the saplings and to took care of them after plantation.
On the later part of the day, the team moved towards the Baligaon Green Village for saplings donation and plantation drive. There they donated around 2000 saplings of Artocarpus heterophyllus (Jackfruit) and Dillenia indica (Elephant apple) to the Mishing community. After the donation and plantation, the team ended the day by having lunch at the riverside within the village along with the committee of responsible eco-tourism by using eco-friendly plates and organically grown vegetables.