WWF highlights environmental issues at fun-filled carnival
LAHORE: Hundreds of students from more than 30 different schools from across city highlighted environmental issues like forest degradation, water resource management, water quality, endangered wildlife and alternative energy resources at the World Wide Fund for Nature – Pakistan’s (WWF – Pakistan) annual Travelling Nature Carnival at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park on Sunday.
Education Minister Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman was the chief guest at the event, whereas WWF-Pakistan’s Senior Director (Operations) Anwar Naseem, Corporate Relations Manager Sania Khan and hundreds of schoolchildren and their families were also present on the occasion.
The carnival was aimed at motivating and involving students and the general public in valuing the rich natural heritage of Pakistan, besides supporting conservation initiatives.
Among its several activities, the most innovative was the 3D display model competition. Students participated in live presentations to the judges and guests, featuring themes such as habitat conservation of endangered species, water conservation, a green idea, solid waste management (recycle, reuse, reduce), global warming and climate change, eco-tourism, energy conservation, and green architecture. Winners for the 3D Model Competition were LGS Samanabad (Solid Waste Management), BSS Valencia (Marine Conservation), Roots School System (Save Forests, Save Nature), SISA (Making Energy from Waste), Froebel’s International (Reducing Water, Energy and Carbon Footprint), Beaconhouse Sheikhupura (Overall Stall Presentation).
Speaking on the occasion, Shujaur Rehman congratulated WWF–Pakistan for holding the event and said that it was heartening to see schools, colleges and universities displaying their concern towards environmental protection by participation in the carnival. WWF-Pakistan’s Anwar Naseem pointed out that through this nature carnival, environmental messages could be conveyed to a large number of audiences.
He further said that children were the stewards for change; they should be equipped with knowledge about conservation practices.