Islamabad, April 22, 2013 (PPI-OT): World Earth Day, observed every year on 22nd April, is a reminder of our responsibility to undertake concerted efforts to preserve the face of the earth from further degradation caused by the ruthless manipulation of the ecosystem and assaults on the balancing forces of Nature.
Each year, more than one billion people from all communities participate in Earth Day-related activities to voice their concerns for the planet and renew their commitment to protect the planet from degradation caused by multiple pollutants. I am pleased to learn that Pakistanis also would be joining today the international community in what is largest environmental event in the world.
Mother Earth, indeed, has paid a very high price in our relentless pursuit of greater prosperity and socio-economic development. Indeed we have taken far more from this earth than we have returned to it. This has contributed to the phenomenon of climatic change and global warning that has begun to take its toll in the form of recurring droughts, massive food shortages, potential starvation, floods and other natural calamities.
The theme of the Day for this year, “The Face of Climate Change,” highlights the adverse impacts of climate change focusing attention on the need to preserve ecological balance. We all need to join hands in meeting the challenges arising out of the asymmetrical climatic variations and arrest the steep environmental degradation.
The Government of Pakistan in response to global ecological challenges has been consistently responding to and collaborating with the international community to protect the planet from any further degradation.
The Federal Ministry of Climate Change is mandated to devise policies and plans, among others, for disaster management, environmental protection, protection of forests and wildlife, to address the rising challenge of environmental degradation.
A few weeks ago the Government of Pakistan launched a National Policy on Climate Change as a major step forward towards the implementation of relevant Rio+20 outcomes, including realizing an inclusive Green Economy and sustainable development in Pakistan. With the political commitment supported by institutional mechanism, I am confident that the Government of Pakistan will positively contribute in maintaining ecological balance; hence making this world a safe and pollution free place to live.
I am confident the activities today will enhance awareness about environmental degradation and sensitize everyone to take practical steps for achieving ecological balance.
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Haji Ahmed Malik
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