Minister urges media to create environmental awareness -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Minister urges media to create environmental awareness

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Environment Hameedullah Jan Afridi said Monday that society would have to be mobilized to achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for increasing the forest cover from five to six percent of the country by 2015.

He expressed these views on the occasion of launching tree plantation campaign at Media Town. He said the role of print and electronic media was very important to create public awareness regarding tree plantation.

He said the purpose of this tree plantation campaign was to increase greenery in the area and promote environmental awareness. He said global warming and environmental change were the major threat at present. “Pakistan is also facing environmental problems due to deforestation but concrete measures are needed to be taken,” Jan added.

He said environmental issues couldn’t be ignored. “Government is committed to facing this challenge but support of media is required in this regard. We all are responsible for environmental degradation. Maintaining cleanliness and tree plantation is Sadka-e-Jaria (lasting good) as per teachings of Islam,” he said.

He said on August 18, national tree plantation campaign would be launched to plant 58 million saplings, adding that last year over 54 million saplings were planted.

He said Green Journalists Award had been revived and Environment Journalist Forum had also been constituted. He said though media was doing good, it should do more to make Pakistan cleaner and greener.

Secretary (Environment) Javed Malik, National Press Club (NPC) President Afzal Butt and former president Mushtaq Minhas also spoke on the occasion.
Source: Daily Times
Date:2/23/2010