Call for joint efforts to save environment

Pakistan Press Foundation

Karachi: Concerned municipal bodies, non-governmental agencies, welfare organisations, and citizens at large have to play a proactive role by joining hands to make Karachi clean, green, and pollution-free. This was stressed by speakers at a training workshop on plantation and greenery drives jointly organised by Saylani Welfare International Trust and National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) earlier this week.

The workshop was attended by 200 prospective volunteers, associated with different NGOs and municipal agencies in six districts of Karachi, who were interested in joining any initiative which aims for greenery in city. Participants of the workshop were informed about all relevant and practical information for getting maximum results and benefits from any plantation drive at mass scale.

The patron-in-chief of Saylani Welfare Trust, Moulana Muhammad Bashir Farooqi, said that authorities should come forward and play their role in holding a plantation drive in Karachi, because government and municipal agencies responsible for the situation had not come up to expectations of general public in this regard, which was very disappointing.

He said the Salyani Trust would contribute 12,000 plant and tree saplings to be planted in different parts of Karachi for the upcoming initiative to make city green again.

Administrator, District Municipal Corporation East, Rahmantullah Shaikh said on the occasion that public awareness is needed regarding plantation drives to tackle issues related to environmental pollution. He also assured his support to the upcoming joint initiative of NFEH and Saylani Trust.

NFEH President Muhammad Naeem Qureshi said that this year the Sarsabz-o-Pursakoon campaign of his forum would be revived soon under which 100,000 tree saplings would be planted all over the city in the upcoming months of spring and summer seasons.

Also speaking at the workshop, Vice-Chancellor Federal Urdu University of Arts, Science & Technology, Prof Dr Suleman D Muhammad said that the Urdu university with its two large campuses, other constituent parts and affiliated institutions would fully take part and provide all sort of assistance to upcoming plantation drive in Karachi. Famous poet Younus Hamdam on the occasion presented his poetry on the issue of environment and greenery.

After an interactive session at the end between participants and experts, the attendees praised the workshop and reflected on the need to hold sessions highlighting environmental problems.

Environmentalists Nadeem Mirbahar, Rafi ul Haq, Aamir Madani Raza of Saylani Welfare Trust, among other experts also spoke on the occasion.

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