He said that the impact of global warming is
already being felt across the length and breadth of the country and the world.
The Chief Minister announced his government’s
plans to protect the water sources of the state while speaking as the Chief
Guest at the “Natural Resources Management and Climate Change- Opportunities
and challenges for entrepreneurs in Garo Hills” event at Dikki Bandi Stadium in
“Climate change is a fact. It is happening. Its
impact is being felt across the globe and in India because of wanton
destruction of forests, burning of fossil fuels like coal and petroleum leading to rise in CO2 emissions,” said the chief minister as
he mentioned about moves being made by each country and state to reduce the
He expressed concern over the fast depleting
water bodies in the state and the rise in temperature with each passing year.
“To preserve the catchment areas we will be
signing a new agreement with the World Bank for funding to the tune of over 100
crore that will be used for protection and preservation of the catchment areas
with active support from the Nokmas and the public. This agreement that will be
signed within a month will be incorporated in the 2018-19 scheme for the
state,” announced Conrad
He added that the battle against global warming
required to be taken beyond the protection of catchment areas and planting of
“Awareness is one of the most important aspects
and needs to start at the infant stage. That is why the time has come to put
forth in the school curriculum of children the importance of responsibility for
preserving our mother earth,” suggested Conrad Sangma.
The chief minister also announced to the
gathering that his government would be laying utmost emphasis on
non-conventional renewable energy to reduce the carbon footprint of the state.
“We seriously need to reduce our dependency on
energy consuming gadgets and one of this government’s first resolutions is to
do away with the age old use of incandescent bulbs that consume high energy and
replace them with energy saving LED bulbs. The central
government is already giving out LED bulbs at very low pricing and the state
will need to ensure it is available in every village and town,” said Conrad