Sohail Majeed Butt
Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul Wazir has announced that a ‘Climate Smart Ambassador’ would be formed to highlight the importance of climate change among youth in order to deal with challenges related to climate change.
Speaking as a chief guest at AirTech seminar organized by Air University here on Thursday, she said that the Climate Smart Ambassadors will be consisting of students from different higher educational institutions across the country.
“This will be a good opportunity for our youth to take meaningful action and ensure positive changes and my ministry will fully support them in this regard,” she assured.
On the occasion, Vice Chancellor AVM (R) Faaiz Amir, Registrar Mohammad Saleem, Senior faculty members and various environmental experts were also present.
She said that the current government has decided to encourage the youth to come forward to assist the government in its efforts to counter the risk posed by climate change.
“It is proud of me that the people of our country are raising awareness regarding climate change and today students of various educational institutions are playing important role to this effect,” she said.
Later, under the ongoing marketing campaign at Air University, Zartaj Gul planted a sapling along with Vice Chancellor Faiz Amir and other participants.
Talking to the media, she said that Pakistan is our homeland; hence it is our duty to keep it clean and green.
Zartaj said that if every Pakistani plants a sapling, we can soon turn the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s dream of Clean and Green Pakistan a reality soon. She urged that every Pakistani should play due role to make the tree plantation drive a success.
She further said that the present government is committed to handle the challenges posed by the climate change in an effective and efficient manner, adding that Rs. 2 billion has already been allocated in the federal budget to raise awareness pertaining to the climate change under the Clean and Green Pakistan campaign of the Climate Ministry.
Vice Chancellor Faaiz Amir, during his address, stated that Air University is organizing country’s largest technological Olympiad annually. This year, the theme of Airtech is to focus on climate change, he said.
He termed climate change a global issue, which, he said, needs urgent attention of every country. “Being a good global citizen, all of us must contribute something positive for the betterment of our planet,” Faaiz Amir emphasized.
During the Airtech seminar, Javeria Nazir, Dr. Imran Khalid, Dr. Mehmood Khwaja, Dr. Asif Javed, Fatima Aneela, Dr. Salman Akbar Malik, Dr. Sarwat Mirza, Muhammad Saqib Sultan, Aneela Khan and other experts also expressed their views.
Experts said that Pakistan has been facing the climate change issue for the last seven decades. They said that climate change is not a myth, but a reality, as we are facing sever health problems due to increasing temperature.
Sohail Majeed Butt