Sindh declared Earth Hour province
Karachi: Earth Hour, a worldwide movement organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature, will be observed outside the Sindh Assembly from 8:30pm to 9:30pm on Saturday.
In partnership with the WWF-Pakistan, the Sindh government has signed a statement declaring Sindh as the Earth Hour province for 2014.
Sindh is the only province in the country to have attained the status for the fourth consecutive year. The announcement was made during an event held at the Sindh Assembly on Tuesday night.
Environment, Coastal Development and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr Sikandar Ali Mandhro said: “We live on a beautiful planet, and it can stay beautiful only if we take ownership and ensure effective management of its precious natural resources.”
He said the planet was being used beyond its capacity, so if the people do not act now, “we shall have to spend millions and billions of rupees trying to recover it”.
Ansar Naqvi of Geo News said the network had been observing Earth Hour for four consecutive years for a cause that brought people together for a positive outcome.
WWF-P Director Rab Nawaz said people needed to realise that climate change was a real challenge, and Pakistan was one of the top 10 countries that were vulnerable to climate change impacts.
Nawaz said the 2010 floods and 2011-12 rainfalls had caused damage to the environment, economy and human life.
“The Sindh government has supported the WWF-P in all other environmental initiatives beyond Earth Hour, which makes a real difference. Sindh is the only province that has declared a provincial tree: the Neem tree [or the Azadirachta indica].”
Mandhro and Nawaz requested individuals, families, institutions and corporations to join the movement on Saturday outside the Sindh Assembly.