Northeast Green Summit 2016 held in Tura, during the first week of November 2016, was indeed an unforgettable event. It provided a unique opportunity to celebrate the richness and diversity of Northeast India and to share ideas to achieve environmental and economic goals. The Summit included art camp, keynote presentations, interactive panel sessions, outreach activities and discussion on networking. The Summit focused attention on the collective responsibility of people to preserve and promote healthy environment, cleanship and biodiversity, thereby creating a congenial condition for economic growth and development.
Ten leading Lalit Kala Akademi artists held the first-ever Artist-in-Residency Workshop in Garo Hills on Clean and Green Northeast. In the ‘Adda with Artist’ session, several students, including specially-abled students, were able to showcase their artistic talent to communicate the theme of a healthy environment. The nature-inspired cultural concert by Vayali Folklore Group, using indigenous percussion instruments made of bamboo, delighted all.
The Summit helped to explore the region’s time-tested, traditional and community based model to promote cleanship, green power and building a natural economic zone which enhance agricultural and industrial potential. It pointed out the need to evolve policy initiatives to create effective and sustainable programs with the full and active collaboration of all sections of people- civil society and community leaders, scholars, academicians, policy makers and all the people of the region.
The Summit is over, but the tasks ahead are mind boggling, needing concerned effort.
(Fr George is the Principal of Don Bosco College, Tura, Meghalaya. Don Bosco College, Tura is also the Co-host of Northeast Green Summit 2016)