Experts at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF) have called for efforts to fight environmental hazards, preserve the nature and save the world from the devastating effects of climate change. The Institute of Soil and Environmental Sciences, University of Agriculture Faisalabad, took out a rally to mark the Earth Day. The UAF walk began at the institute and ended at varsity’s Iqbal Auditorium.
Institute Director Dr Javed Akhtar said it was need of the hour to sensitize the people about the environmental issues. He said we “have to create public momentum to mitigate greenhouse emissions, increase tree cover, reduce pollution and protect endangered species”. He added that the government’s initiative of Green and Clean Pakistan was a hallmark step that would bring tangible results.
Environment Protection Agency Director Shaukat Hayat said Earth Day was celebrated on April 22 every year. “Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day now is being marker more than 190 countries, which are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.”
ORIC Director Dr Zahir Ahmad Zahir stressed upon the need to keep the planet safe from pollution. Dr Muhammad Yaseen said with quality education, research and joint efforts, “we can sensitize public to adopt green technologies”. Dr Anwarul Haq said young generation should also be encouraged to participate actively through awareness campaigns, and discussions, and plantation campaign. Abdullah from WWF Faisalabad said people must understand the need to discontinue use of plastic bags, conserve freshwater bodies and use natural resources effectively.
A large number of students also took part in the poster contest with regard to Earth Day. As many as 50 students participated in the said contest. The evaluation of the posters were done by Dr Irsahd BB, Dr Naveed, Dr Akthtar and Dr Azhar. The first position was bagged by Imdad Hussain and Azhar Hussain. Whereas the second position was won by Humaisa and Zilwa . Whereas Aqsa Naseem got the third position.