Earth Hour celebrated with pledges to save energy
To show love with his earth the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) celebrated its largest symbolic environmental event Earth Hour across the country in partnership with government offices, educational institutions, hospitals, the Civil Aviation Authority and civil society.
However the main event in Lahore was held at Qarshi University, with hundreds in attendance the other day. Pakistan joined more than 7,000 cities and 156 countries around the world in celebrating Earth Hour.
Several simultaneous events to mark the largest environmental movement happened in Karachi, Islamabad, Quetta, Peshawar, Faisalabad, Multan, Sheikhupura, Sukkur, Kahuta, Murree, Rahim Yar Khan and other cities with a pledge to conserve environment and natural treasures. Earth Hour events were also held at Punjab Assembly, National Assembly and Sindh Assembly to create awareness about environmental issues, such as energy shortfall and food and water security that were resulting in economic and health disasters.
Celebrity Earth Hour ambassadors, including Feryal Ali Gauhar , Zoe Viccaji and Mehreen Raheel, pledged to be more environmentally conscious and lead by example, as they attended the event at Qarshi University.
The event also included a talent show by university and school students, pledge signing and candle lighting activities. Hundreds of students and educationists from across the country also pledged to save natural resources, aiming at helping the country overcome the energy crisis. The participants also released balloons and lanterns in the air. Zoe entertained the audience by performing some of her hits. Last segment of the event was a fire show.
WWF-Pakistan Director General and Chief Executive Officer Ali Hassan Habib said environmental issues were everyone's concern because of their grave economic, healthcare, developmental and human rights implications.
He stated: "Earth Hour is a rallying call for all to consider the environment as something we all need to preserve. It is not just about turning extra lights off. It's about changing lifestyles and consumption patterns, to be more aware about how we use our planet's finite resources." Anwar Nasim,Senior Director Corporate Relations, added "WWF-Pakistan has been engaging the corporate sector, policy makers, the business community on all levels and even political community for Earth Hour activities since 2011." Renewed actress Feryal Gauhar stated "Pakistan is struggling with an energy short fall that causes power outages regularly in the whole county so it's the time to save energy so that we can excel."
Ali Tahir, a drama actor appreciated the efforts of WWF and said "For this very reason WWF- Pakistan promotes celebrating the sprit of the Earth Hour which goes beyond just turning off lights for one hour". WWF-Pakistan Senior communication officer, Syed Muhammd Abubakr added that Pakistan is already power less country and maintained it is very necessary to arrange such type of events so that masses could get some info about how to save water and energy.
"WWF-Pakistan has taken environmental education as its mode of talking the message of Earth Hour "beyond the hour', he explained.