Earth Hour cel­e­brated with pledges to save en­ergy

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL - Sar­fraz Ali

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.

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