THE World Environment Day (WED) is observed on June 5 every year to promote the awareness on the importance of preserving our biodiversity, need to identify problems related to the environment and ways to take corrective action.
It was on this day in the year 1972 that the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment was held. First celebrated in 1973, the World Environment Day, also popularly known as Environment Day, is a means to tackle the environmental challenges that include climate change, global warming, disasters and conflicts, harmful substances, environmental governance, ecosystem management and resource efficiency.
A seminar was held in this regard by the Environment Protection Department (EPD) Punjab at Punjab Complex Alhamra in which Secretary Environment Punjab Sher Alam Mahsud was the chief guest while DG EPA Punjab Farooq Hameed Sheikh, A R Saleemi, Rafay Alam, students and people from all walks of life also participated.
Speakers at the seminar stressed the need for saving food as per theme of the WED 2013 “Think-Eat-Save”. A R Saleemi, Member General Environmental Tribunal, presented a detailed presentation and told the participants that how much energy was consumed during a food manufacturing and how could we save the food from wastage. He said that every individual should have to come forward to save the food from wastage. He said if we prepare the exact quantity of food as per our regular need then betterment could be observed in this regard.
Punjab University: PU College of Earth and Environmental Science on Wednesday observed the World Environmental Day by organising an awareness walk from the college to Institute of Business Administration.
According to a press release, college principal Prof Dr Firdous-e-Barin, senior faculty members and a large number of students participate in the walk and held placards and banners inscribed with the environment-based slogans. Later, a seminar was organised to highlight the importance of the day according to the theme of this year “Think, Eat and Save”.
Speech, documentary, photography and quiz competitions were also held in this regard. Students also performed skits bearing message to save the environment. A stall of souvenirs was also set up in accordance with the programme. Meanwhile, PU Department of Geography’s Assistant Professor Dr Munawar Sabir showed a documentary to the students on nature and environment.