Week-long festival: Environment cleanliness described big challenge of this eraJune 6, 2015
KARACHI: As part of the week-long environment festival, National Forum for Environment & Health (NFEH) in collaboration with Dr. Essa’s Laboratory organized a colorful program at Forum Mall in Clifton in which a large number of children and their parents across from Karachi participated.
Environment expert Afia Salam, NFEH President Mohammad Naeem Qureshi, journalists, singers and other distinguished guests joined the program aimed at marking the World Environment Day. Children made posters about environment and delivered speeches on how to keep environment clean and green.
Later, awards and gifts were distributed among the children and distinguished guests. Shields were also presented to environment experts and other dignitaries, while appreciation certificates were also given away to children for making best posters and pictures.
Speaking on the occasion, environment expert Afia Salam asked children not to throw garbage at public places but put it in dustbins along roads or at your buildings. She said that keeping cleanliness is not only better for environment conservation but also best for people’s health.
She stressed the need for keeping environment clean and green. If children see people throwing garbage at public places, they should ask them not to do so. If anyone throws garbage at public place despite stopping them, then children should collect it and then put it in dustbins, she said. NFEH President Mohammad Naeem Qureshi said this program is aimed at raising awareness among children so that they could play their role in due manner after being young. He said that children are the pillars of the society; hence, it is mandatory to raise awareness among them. He said that NFEH in collaboration with Dr Essa’s Laboratory organized this program to mark the World Environment Day.
NFEH also organized a festival at PAF Museum in connection with Environment Day on June 05 in which a large number of people and children participated. The experts while addressing the ceremony called for cleaning environment and conserving it with joint efforts of civil society.
Speaking on the occaion, Provincial Minister for Sports & Youth Affairs, Government of Sindh Fayyaz Ali Butt said that public awareness should be promoted, especially among children and youth, for the noble cause of environment and health protection for greater good of society.
The minister said it was high time that collaborative efforts should be made at every level of society for overcoming problem of environmental pollution.
He said that festival activity like the one organized by NFEH would be highly helpful for learning and awareness of youth and children on important health and environmental issues. He appreciated the participating children, students, and teachers of the festival who by displaying their projects and contesting in different competitions had shown ample knowledge and understanding of environmental issues.
NFEH President Muhammad Naeem Qureshi thanked Sindh government’s Department of Youth Affairs, K-Electric, CRLF and other organizations who supported holding of environment festival in Karachi.
On the occasion, K-Electric also organized a session for creating awareness among masses for energy conservation. Some of the prominent schools whose students participated in the festival were Karachi Vocational Training Centre, Civil Aviation Authority School, Happy Palace Grammar School, Safeena Girls’ School, Madrassah Faqeeria School, AMSB School, Attiya’s Learning School.
The minister on the occasion gave away certificates of participation and prizes among contesting students. The festival was attended by a large number of people. The activities of environment week will continue till 08 June, 2015.
Also present on the occasion were Consul General of Switzerland in Karachi Emil Wyss, Honorary Consul General of Morocco in Karachi Mirza Ishtiaq Baig, Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui, Samir Mir Shaikh, Ruqiya Naeem, Ghulam Kibria, Maryam Fatima.