Islamabad, June 03, 2016 (PPI-OT):Being a United Nations flagship event, World Environment Day is celebrated internationally on 5 June each year. The purpose of celebrating World Environment Day is to bring worldwide focus on importance of environment and stimulate political attention and actions for improving the environment.
This year theme of World Environment Day is Go Wild for the Life. The aim of this theme is to fight against the illegal trade of wildlife and to protect the threatened species like elephants, rhinos, tigers, humpback whales and turtles. Additionally, World Oceans Day is celebrated globally on 8 June each year to make the masses realize the importance of oceans, marine resources and to save oceans from over exploitation and pollution. Theme selected this year to promote the spirit of the day is Healthy Oceans, Healthy Planet. Oceans are an essential component of the Earth’s ecosystem and healthy oceans are critical to sustain a healthy planet.
Pakistan Navy being an environment conscious service celebrates both the international events regularly to promote the importance of environment and oceans. This year PN celebrated both the events on 3 June 2016, prior commencement of the holy month of RAMZAN. In order to stimulate awareness of environment and oceans among public and concerned agencies and departments, a number of activities including harbour and beach cleaning campaigns, seminar and lectures on significance of the two events, various competitions and quizzes at PN educational institutes involving PN as well as local populace and a carnival at Pakistan Maritime Museum, Karachi were conducted with vigour and fervour.
Chief of the Naval Staff in his message reaffirmed Pakistan Navy’s commitment to make every effort to protect our oceans from various types of threats and for betterment of our environment, especially the marine environment. He emphasized that Pakistan Navy will play its due role in the global efforts to protect and preserve the oceans and environment for our future generations.
For more information, contact:
Lieutenant Commander Shakeel Ahmad
Directorate of Public Relations
Cell: +92-333-2171764, +92-300-2171038