Environmentalists have been repetitively warning us about the dreadful ramification of being utterly indifferent towards the accelerating rate of environmental pollution. As compared to the extent to which we have damaged the world, little has been done to either reduce or reverse those adverse effects. Under these circumstances, it is crucial not just to contribute but also to publicise the efforts made by individuals, companies or organizations.
Although in comparison with other developing countries, Pakistan’s total contribution to the emission of greenhouse gas is low, yet, it is geographically located in such a position that it is most susceptible to drastic climatic changes, thereby increasing the need to work together to preserve the atmosphere. Various companies and organizations are focused on further reduction of harmful gases.
The huge number of plastic bags floating around in the world is indeed a disturbing reality for all. Yet, many are reluctant to take measures to put an end to its excessive use by switching to environmentally friendly packaging, mainly due to their limited budgets. Fortunately, Business Dynamics ( Pvt) Ltd, Pakistan, in collaboration with Symphony Environmental Ltd, UK, have provided Oxobiodegradable plastics as a cost effective solution to reducing the abundance of plastic.
LG and its partner firms run a certification system called, LG Electronics Green Program. One of their main aims to support their vision of a greener planet is the fact that they lay great stress on spreading awareness regarding our contribution towards contaminating the environment, which will cause detrimental effects. They are involved in the meticulous process of checking their supply parts and raw materials and avoiding those which may prove harmful for the environment. To accomplish this aim, they have collaborated with their partner firm that is responsible for providing them with those supplies and materials. As an incentive they have introduced a prestigious Green Program Certificate which awards the deserving company after carefully assessing and evaluating their efforts towards contributing to an eco- friendly atmosphere.
Driven by the idea of providing a safer planet for the younger generation, Siemens planted numerous trees, thus working towards the reduction of pollution.
Founded in 2007 and considering that it is still in its early years, Indus Hospital has emerged as a reputable hospital, providing treatment and medical facilities to thousands of underprivileged patients. The credit goes to a team of hardworking doctors and expatriates who are focused on improving the healthcare facilities in Pakistan. Globalization has helped in speeding up the process of exchange of ideas between expatriates and individuals from their country of origin.
The visionary team of doctors lays great stress on the appropriate use of technology and hence it is credited for being the first paper- free and an entirely digital hospital in Pakistan. All information concerning the patients is electronically recorded in the database through the use of Hospital Management Information System ( HMIS). Newly hired employees are initially given HMIS training to maintain the hospital’s efficiency.
Similar efforts are made by Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited ( PTCL), which initiated a paper- free environment and lead- free paints for their office. They depend on the solar panels installed at their headquarter for energy. Their efforts are also appreciated for planting 300 saplings, not just at their headquarters but in other residential areas in Islamabad. In acknowledgement of its ‘ green’ effort, the Company received the ‘ National Environmental Excellence Award’ in 2011. They celebrated World Environment Day ( WED) on June 5 2012.
It is good news that a number of organizations are working towards preserving the atmosphere and are also being recognised, appreciated and awarded for their hard work. Unfortunately, the absence of government regulations is a major hindrance towards a wider and strict implementation of practices for a greener environment. In order to nullify the effect of the indifference on the part of the government and the consumers’ need to realise the power they hold. Environmentalists rightly believe that if many eco- conscious consumers prefer products with eco- friendly packaging, then the manufacturers would take measures for adopting such packaging.