Islamabad, April 22, 2013 (PPI-OT): On April 22, 2013 billions of people around the world will celebrate the International Earth Day. The main purpose behind celebrating this day is to reiterate our resolve to do all what it takes to protect our mother Earth from the challenges, threatening its existence.
World Earth Day is the biggest environment related event in the world. The day reminds us of our responsibility to take necessary steps for the preservation its pristine nature and to fight against those elements working towards degradation of its ecosystem.
Every year, people from around the world representing various communities take part in Earth Day-related activities to voice their concerns for the planet and renew their commitment for protection and preservation of environment. It is heartening that my countrymen would be joining today the international community in this mega event.
The theme of the Day for this year, “The Face of Climate Change,” highlights the effects of the climate change on the ecosystem of the earth. It further demands attention and concerted efforts for preservation of the ecological balance. It is our sacred duty to work together in overcoming the challenges posed by the unbalanced climatic discrepancies and seizing the sharp ecological dilapidation.
It is worth mentioning that Pakistan has already launched national policy on climate change, detailing how it plans to tackle the challenges posed by global warming, mitigate its risks and adapt key sectors of the country’s economy to cope with its consequences.
The Policy is a major leap towards the implementation of relevant Rio+20 outcomes. The policy, developed with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), recommends some 120 steps the country could take to slow down the impact of global warming, as well as adapt sectors such as energy, transport and agriculture.
I am confident that with commitment supported by institutional mechanism, the Government of Pakistan will positively contribute in maintaining ecological balance and making this world a safe and pollution free place to live.
I am sure that the day’s celebration will sensitize people to practically participate for reducing the environmental hazards posing threat to Mother Earth and make it a safer place to live.
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