Gangtok, Jun 5 : Governor Ganga Prasad in his message on World Environment Day. “It is with profound concern that we stand today to celebrate the World Environment Day 2020. The concern this time is more about mankind rather than the environment. As the world is amidst the greatest crises humanity has ever faced since the Spanish flu, the COVID-19 pandemic has claimed lives unprecedented by any epidemic seen so far. Hence, we stand united against the pandemic with the country and the entire world," he said.
"The state has a recorded assemblage of more than 4000 species of flowering plants. Among these most prominent are more than 500 species of orchids and 40 species of rhododendrons. More than 1100 types of plants found in Sikkim are known to have some medicinal value or the other. We also have rich faunal biodiversity with more than 570 species of birds, which forms a substantial proportion of almost half of those found in India and 650 types of butterflies and moths," he noted.
"With such a wealth of biodiversity it wouldn’t be incorrect to say that Sikkim resonates perfectly with this year’s theme of World Environment Day that is ‘Celebrating Biodiversity’. We as the citizens of this beautiful Himalayan State, let us come together and supplement the effort of the government towards conservation of our rich environment and biodiversity and be part of various programmes meant to achieve this goal," he said. "A Happy World Environment Day to all my fellow Sikkimese," he said concluding his message. (UNI)