A group of students from two private schools of Korangi – Iqra Grammar School and New Roomi School – visited the office of the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) to know how it works to implement Sindh Environmental Protection Act 2014.

The selected number of students of both the schools accompanied with Syed Sajjad Hussain, Centre Manager, Nageen Rizvi, Head of Communication, Zakia Bano, Asst Program Officer and Muhammad Akbar Khan Training Officer of Hashoo Foundation (HF) were given a detailed presentation on environmental profile of Sindh and how SEPA works as green regulator and go-green facilitator.

Additional Director General SEPA Waqar Hussain Phulpoto in his detailed presentation covered every aspect of the subject in a laymen language but in an impressive way.

Students were informed that with the implementation of Sindh Environmental Protection Act 2014 and its subsidiary rules and regulations efforts are being made consistently to ensure sustainable development and pollution control in the province through protection, conservation, rehabilitation and improvement of environment.

Waqar Phulpoto also informed the students how climate change has impacted every aspect of life by intensifying the quantum and frequencies of climate-triggered disasters apart from global warming and said that the issue of food security is also an outcome of climatic adversity.

Earlier Ms Nageen Rizvi Head of Communications of Hashoo Foundation appreciated the efforts of SEPA to raise public awareness and hoped to carry out such activities in other schools as well.

In the end certificates of participation were distributed amongst students after a question-answer session which was overwhelmed by thought-provoking queries by the students which were well replied by technical officers of SEPA.

Director SEPA Ashique Langah facilitated the session with his extensive knowledge on the subject. Deputy Director Public Awareness Mujtaba Baig moderated the awareness session while Ms Zakia Bano Assistant Program Manager of visiting NGO handled the on-spot communication affairs to provide best possible information to the students.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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