Kohima students tackle air pollution in two-month program

Kohima students tackle air pollution in two-month program

In a remarkable stride towards environmental awareness, Kohima’s recent initiative to combat air pollution has reached a successful conclusion. Spearheaded by the District Administration of Kohima in collaboration with Zub-Zub India, the two-month programme was part of the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) 2023-24 and featured a series of educational activities at Kohima College and Sazolie College.

The programme aimed to enlighten students on the detrimental effects of air pollution through lectures, interactive sessions, and competitions. Deputy Commissioner Kumar Ramnikant emphasised the urgent need for community involvement in tackling air pollution, encouraging students to be proactive in spreading awareness and adopting practices that contribute to cleaner air.

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As one of India’s 131 non-attainment cities, Kohima faces a significant challenge in maintaining national air quality standards. Dr. Riku Khutso NCS highlighted the city’s struggle, emphasising the importance of the programme.

A key feature of the initiative was the Video Reel Making Competition, which saw robust participation from the student community. Rüduonei-ü Kuotsü and his team from Kohima College clinched the first prize of Rs. 10,000, with their video effectively highlighting the community’s role in air pollution control.

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The second prize went to Seyielhounuo Keyi and his team, also from Kohima College, who received Rs. 7,000. The third prize of Rs. 5,000 was awarded to Imtinongtet Lemtor and his team from Sazolie College. Additionally, five consolation prizes were given to students who demonstrated creativity and understanding of the subject.

The programme not only raised awareness but also fostered a sense of responsibility among students towards environmental sustainability. The District Administration and Zub-Zub India’s collaborative effort provided a platform for students to express their ideas and learn about the complexities of air pollution.

This initiative is a shining example of the power of educational programmes in shaping young minds and preparing them to tackle environmental challenges. The success of the programme in Kohima serves as a model that could be replicated in other regions to enhance awareness and drive actions towards cleaner air. The continued engagement of students and authorities in such initiatives is crucial for achieving the long-term goals of the National Clean Air Programme.

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The programme’s impact was amplified through social media, with students creating impactful video reels that garnered over 230,000 shares, significantly boosting the campaign’s reach. This demonstrates the power of social media in spreading environmental awareness and engaging young people in the fight against air pollution.

The success of Kohima’s green initiative is a beacon of hope for other cities facing similar challenges. By empowering young people with knowledge and a sense of responsibility, Kohima is leading the way in the fight against air pollution and paving the way for a cleaner, healthier future.

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