July 01, 2017

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Activists mark World Environment Day in Katha

Gold mining is blamed for pollution of the Meza Creek. Photo: Maung Chit Lin
Gold mining is blamed for pollution of the Meza Creek. Photo: Maung Chit Lin

ENVIRONMENTAL activists marked World Environment Day in Katha yesterday with the participation of local youth development associations.
“The destruction of ecosystems is related to deforestation, global warming and climate change,” said Ma Ei Ei Hmwe, a member of the Kadu Youth Development Association.
Meza Creek has been deteriorating as a result of both legal and illegal gold mining, she said, adding that more than 30 villages are located along the creek.
“Companies and individuals pan for gold in the creek, and the creek is the lifeblood of the villages along it,” she said, calling for prompt action by the departments concerned to bring the creek to life.
U Zaw Myo Tun, chairman of the Kadu Youth Development Association, said timber extraction gained momentum after 2000 because farmers began to extract timber on a manageable scale.
Deforestation followed as forestry departments turned a blind eye to logging, he said. Disasters such as hailstorms, floods, strong winds and earthquakes in May signal the effects of environmental degradation and the destruction of ecosystems, activists said.—Maung Chit Lin

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