SIVASAGAR: Nijora Phukan is not a common name and neither is she an ordinary woman. Hailing from Desangpani village located under Mahmora constituency of Charaideo district, Phukan has completed her M.Phil from JNU, New Delhi. As a JNU research student, Phukan could have led a smooth life. But she has planned something extra and decided to take up a mission called ‘people for tree’. She took up the mission with an aim to spread awareness on global climate change and environmental pollution.
However, she decided to pursue this in a unique way, by walking from the historic Charaideo Maidam to the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. Phukan will start her journey on December 1.
An active socialist working for environmental protection, Phukan will be conducting the awareness campaign on foot under the banner of Brikhyabandhu, an NGO which works towards planting trees to tackle climate change.
While interacting with the media, Phukan said, “The change in weather patterns and global climate change and environmental pollution is alarming. I was worried about the future and that our generation is in danger. It is high time we need to make general people aware of its consequences. We humans need to save the planet.”
“I feel it is tremendously significant for everyone to be aware of environmental degradation. During this awareness programme, I will reach out to the masses. I urge the public to come and join me in this campaign so that we can jointly voice the concerns,” she added.
Phukan also stated that although there was an environmental protection act, there should be strict policies enacted by the Centre and that people should abide by the laws. She mooted the idea of setting up a university on the environment in the north-eastern region.