Kohima: The Kohima Forest Division under the Department of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, launched the “Green Box” initiative on Friday at the office of the Principal Chief conservator of Forest (PCCI) in Kohima with the hope of creating green libraries across the district.
Speaking with EastMojo, Divisional forest officer (DFO) Rajkumar M, IFS said that under the initiative, 51 books based on environment conservation, wildlife and climate change were distributed to three villages.
The three villages were selected from the three ranges in the district— Zhadima Village under Chiephobozou range, Jakhama village under Kohima range, and Sendenyu village under Tseminyu range.
The DFO further informed that the initiative is undertaken under the pilot project “Project Future” which started in April last year. Other activities under the project included online competition, video lessons, setting up of signages in Kohima along with the police.
All boxes, containing both new and used books, were donated by the department. He expressed hope that for villages like Sendenyu which does not have a library will initiate a new green library.
He revealed that it aims to reach out to more villages and urged the public to donate used books or recommend books for the department to purchase for future initiatives.
While other initiatives such as awareness campaigns and so on are conducted to sensitise the public, he said that the idea of donating books is initiated with the hope to create a very positive impact as reading is something personal to an individual.
The DFO said that a person who personally learns through books will spread and share the same message to others. “I feel that is a more impactful way,” he added.