Earth Day reminds us to fully protect the environment with the highest degree of dedication while restoring the damaged ecosystems and live a sustainable healthy life on the planet.
These thoughts were expressed by the speakers at a seminar in connection with Earth Day held in College of Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES) in Lahore. Speaking on the occasion, CEES Principal Dr. Sajid Rashid Ahmad said that the healthier our ecosystems are, the healthier the planet and its people will be. He said that restoring the damaged ecosystems will help to end abject poverty, combat climate change and prevent mass extinction “but we will only succeed if everyone plays a part.”
“This year’s theme of the day ‘Invest in our Planet’ was mainly focused on activities that promote a partnership among businesses, government and citizens for urgent action towards environmental protection in order to ensure a sustainable future,” he said. Dr. Ahmad added that “we should celebrate the day by taking part in activities like picking up litter and planting trees to make our world and life a happier place to live in.”
“Climate change, man-made change to nature that disrupt biodiversity, such as deforestation, land-use change, intensified agriculture and livestock production or the growing illegal wildlife trade can accelerate the pace of destruction of the planet,” he concluded.
Addressing the participants, Meher Kashif Younis, former senior Vice President Lahore Chamber, noted that the event is observed every year to demonstrate full-fledged, unwavering and unflinching support for environment protection. He said now is the time to fully display the commitment to preserve and protect our health, our families and our livelihoods. “What we need is to act boldly, innovate broadly and implement equitably,” Younis said.