QAU Islamabad plants 1,000 fruit trees to combat climate change
The Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) Islamabad has planted 1,000 fruit trees on Aug 17 and 18 at the university campus as part of Pakistan’s 70 years of independence celebration and 50 years of the QAU’s establishment.
The green initiative was jointly organized by Quaid-i-Azam University’s alumni association and Muhammad Ali Saeed Foundation (MASF). Members of QAU Alumni Association, university administration, faculty, employees and students participated in the drive.
“We have planted pomegranate, guava, jaman and lemon” Umer Saeed, Executive Director of the MASF told Islamabad Scene
“This is just the first phase of the drive to plant 1,000 plants on campus”, Umer added.
Other sustainable sites have already been selected in consultation with horticulture department of the university and a proper monitoring mechanism would be developed after consulting all stakeholders to ensure sustainability and maintenance of the plants, Umer said.
“The tree plantation initiative is meant to create a natural and pleasing environment on campus and to engage students in environment conservation activities” according to Muhammad Murtaza Noor, Secretary General, QAU Alumni Association.
Speaking on the occasion, he also stressed the importance of mass plantation campaigns to slow down effects o climate change and impact of pollution.
QAU vows to plant more than 5000 fruit trees in the next two years. Murtaza Noor resolved that the old students of QAU would continue to contribute to the development and beautification of their alma mater.
Dr. Javed Ashraf, Vice Chancellor, QAU, thanked the alumni association and MASF representatives to support the plantation campaign at QAU.