SHILLONG, Nov 30: As the Conference of Parties (COP 21) kickstarted in Paris, the CSWO today held a Global March for Climate Change in the city.
Addressing the March at additiol secretariat, MB Reddy, Conservator of Forest, said, “Climate change should be taken up very seriously. Due to global warming, the glaciers are melting, sea level is rising invading our coast lines.”
He said that despite Meghalaya being a lush green State tucked away in a remote corner of the country, it is still affected by global warming.
“If we look at the records for the past 30 years, the average temperature has increased in the State and this clearly shows that the State has been also affected by global warming,” he said.
Expressing similar views, CSWO president Agnes Kharshiing, said, “As leaders from around the world assemble in Paris to discuss on climate change we want them to take this issue seriously since it concerns our future generations.”
According to her, the first step in the fight against climate change in the State is to shut down the eight cement plants located in Jaintia Hills.
“The presence of these cement plants in such a small area will create many health problems to the people and it will greatly affect the environment,” she said.
Earlier, A Dey, representative of the Indian Youth Climate Network (IYCN) said, the aim of the March for Climate Change is not to point fingers but to create awareness.