LAHORE: The Earth is home not only to humans, but also to millions of other plants and species. The water and air on earth sustain life, but unfortunately the earth’s pollution levels are increasing at a dramatic rate and the safety of the planet is in jeopardy.
The Secretary of the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) of Punjab, Dr. Naeem Rauf, delivered the remarks during the World Environment Day 2022 Seminar held at Government College University (GCU ) Lahore, jointly with GCU and WWF Pakistan.
Hon. Justice Shahid Karim was the chief guest on the occasion while Vice Chancellor of GCU Asghar Zaidi, DG EPA Punjab Anbreen Sajid, Prof. Dr. Faiza Sharif, Director of ORICGCU Lahore, Dr. Masood Arshad, Senior Director of the Footprint, senior environmental officials from Punjab and a large number of students were present on this occasion. Addressing the seminar participants, EPD Secretary of Punjab, Dr. Naeem Rauf said that the Earth provides us with a wealth of natural resources such as oil, metals, gemstones and minerals. However, these resources are limited and humans must be careful to conserve these resources. Due to human greed for success and power, Earth’s pollution levels are rising dangerously, he said.
He further added that there are billions of people on this earth but the Earth is one and these billions of people need to come forward and play their part in tackling the issues related to the Earth. ‘environment.
He said the government of Punjab is committed to protecting the environment of the province in collaboration with line departments like the Department of Industries, Transport and Energy. In the recent past, the Environmental Protection Department has successfully achieved its goal of converting old technology brick kilns to zigzag technology brick kilns, Dr. Naeem added.
He also informed the participants that EPD Punjab has launched another flagship program named “Punjab Green Development Program” with the assistance of the World Bank. Addressing the seminar participants, Chief Justice Shahid Karim emphasized the need to save and recycle water and said that everyone should come forward for this worthy cause. It is not only the duty of public institutions, but also that of every individual to come forward and play their part, he added.
Justice Shahid Karim further added that under the water commission, a number of practical initiatives have been implemented, including car wash water recycling schemes, assistance with ablution water which over the past few months the water commission and its members have been implementing various water related plans to secure/recycle and reuse the water through the government of Punjab.