Driv­ing eco-con­scious­ness

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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.

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