Clean Green and Eco-friendly Assam vision for a plastic-free environment
As per the mission Clean Green and Beat Plastic Pollution campaign by Government of Assam which was formally inaugurated by Honorable Chief Minister of Assam, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal at Guwahati Volleyball Training Centre at Judges Field on 1st October 2019 as Clean, Green and Fit Village campaign.
As Honorable CM has urged the people of the state to make the campaign successful so that Mahatma Gandhi’s vision of a clean and green India could be realized. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan in his first Independence Day speech in 2014 to make India clean and green by 2019, synchronizing it with the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhiji. The Voice of Environment is also working for Clean Green and Eco-Friendly Assam vision for a long time and has been conducting various campaigns in school, community and also working in various initiatives for iconic and heritage places of the state of Assam. Voices of Environment (Youth Environmental Organisation) in Association with MyGovAssam have conducted an awareness program to build mass sensitization among the citizens for beat single-use plastic and cleanliness aspects on 20th October 2019(Sunday).
The team has selected one iconic place of the state as the Basistha Temple area where VoE is already working and more two numbers of villages as Bonda and Panikheti area of Kamrup Metropolitan District of Assam. During the drive at Basistha Temple the Doloi (Head Priest) Girindra Mohan Sarma said this is a very nice initiative and also asks all the local youths, devotees and visitors to come forward for the cause so that Basistha temple can be a plastic-free clean and eco-friendly premise. He also praised the initiative by team VoE which is working for the cause for a long time Doloi also supported this mission by the Government of Assam on cleanliness and beat single-use plastic.
During this campaign and the drive team lead by Bhaskar Hazarika, Jugal Kumar Medhi and Environmentalist Moharana Choudhury together started the awareness program with local people and villagers where they have handed over the bamboo made bins and Volleyball sets to local youth clubs which were identified earlier for motivating, building and creating awareness among the local people for cleanliness and beat single-use plastic items as concept of connecting the youths with sports to keep clean their localities along with their game as sports has always been an easy medium to attract the youths and also it can be used to bring a change. The team VoE members also interacted with local youths and residents regarding the cleanliness aspect and negative impacts of plastic pollution on the environment especially single-use plastic as these are generally been thrown here and there without proper disposal and recycle. Bamboo bins which were distributed during the campaign will help the plastic wastes to send for the recycling process so that it can’t pollute our environment and the areas, localities and villages will remain clean. During the campaign a large number of youths, local residents and villagers participated in the event with great enthusiasm. It is believed that with mass consciousness and awareness the scenario can be changed and Assam states can become as Clean Green and Eco-Friendly state in the country.