President urges youth to participate in reversing global warming
ISLAMABAD: President Dr Arif Alvi on Saturday urged the young generation to play their dynamic role in the government’s ongoing massive “Ten Billion Tree Tsunami” campaign and reverse the degenerating effects of global warming and environmental pollution.
Addressing a ceremony of monsoon tree plantation drive held at the green area adjacent to the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the president said the onus to keep the environment clean and green now rested on the young generations and expressed the confidence that they would carry this burden and secure the country’s future.
He stressed on the adoption of environment-friendly habits at the country’s scenic and tourists’ spots by properly disposing trash and garbage.
On the occasion, President Alvi along with Begum Samina Alvi also planted saplings of Chir pine (Pinus Roxburghii) in the monsoon season under the “Ten Billion Tree Tsunami” programme.
The president said the young generation had to play a real role in the tree plantation drive, as it had always been the young people that changed the future course of different nations.
Sharing his past experiences prior to becoming the president, he said, they had distributed 100,000 saplings among various households of Karachi, besides, they also gave away 100,000 seeds laden pencils among the younger students, asking them to plant them in pots, so that the plants could sprout out as part of their activities to create motivation.
President Alvi said that the human footprints had proved heavy on nature, as the indiscriminate use of pesticides and insecticides had already eliminated a large number of insects, which played a vital role in the pollination process.
He also lauded the efforts of the ministers in spearheading the tree plantation drive. The president said the government’s efforts and strategy over the Covid-19 and tree plantation drive had proved very successful and acknowledged by the world.
He also underlined the need to keep tourist spots in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan clean and green, as recently, these places had attracted millions of tourists.
Earlier, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) Malik Amin Aslam briefed the president about the ongoing monsoon tree plantation drive under the “Ten Billion Tree Tsunami”.
He said around 500 million saplings would be planted across Pakistan, as the target set for monsoon plantation under the “Ten Billion Tree Tsunami” programme.
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