World En­vi­ron­ment Day

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - SYED ALI QASIM

World En­vi­ron­ment Day is cel­e­brated on June 5 ev­ery year by the peo­ple all across the world to raise global aware­ness about the im­por­tance of healthy and green en­vi­ron­ment in hu­man lives. This Day is cel­e­brated to en­cour­age peo­ple from all walks of life not only to ac­tively par­tic­i­pate in the cel­e­bra­tion but also to be­come an ac­tive agent in de­vel­op­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal safety mea­sures. It is a day to en­cour­age peo­ple to make their nearby sur­round­ings safe and clean in or­der to en­joy safer, cleaner and pros­per­ous future. The 2016 theme for World En­vi­ron­ment Day is “Zero Tol­er­ance for the Il­le­gal Wildlife Trade” as the in­creas­ing il­le­gal trade in wildlife is erod­ing earth’s pre­cious bio­di­ver­sity and push­ing whole species to­wards ex­tinc­tion. Like other parts of the world, World En­vi­ron­ment Day was also ob­served across the coun­try with the aim to pro­tect en­vi­ron­ment and mo­ti­vate peo­ple to be a causative agent of change against the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing qual­ity of en­vi­ron­ment for the future gen­er­a­tions. In con­nec­tion with this year’s theme, dif­fer­ent gov­ern­ment and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions or­ga­nized a num­ber of ac­tiv­i­ties in Lahore, in a bid to high­light the im­por­tance of the Day, be­sides rais­ing aware­ness on il­le­gal trade of wildlife and eco-friendly ini­tia­tives for bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment. Cel­e­bra­tions in­cluded an aware­ness walk, plan­ta­tion, camp­ing, pub­lic brief­ing, leaflet­ing and a mas­sive cleanup op­er­a­tion. All this is a wel­come step as lit­tle things can make a big dif­fer­ence. Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in how we do things in our daily lives can also help a lot. There­fore, we must join hands with the gov­ern­ment to save the en­vi­ron­ment and ev­ery ef­fort should be made for max­i­mum tree plan­ta­tion. If we keep a check on ourselves as na­tions and in­di­vid­u­als, we can en­sure a much less dam­ag­ing ef­fect on our planet. Yet no po­lit­i­cal move­ment is more vi­tal and timely than mod­ern en­vi­ron­men­tal­ism be­cause we must save ourselves from our own im­me­di­ate folly. —Lahore

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