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Islamabad’s 422 schools to be transformed into ‘ Green Schools’

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Islamabad’s 422 public schools will be transformed into ‘Green Schools’ to achieve the dream of greener Pakistan

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Around 422 public schools of Islamabad will be turned into ‘Green Schools‘ to ensure sustainability the energy sector for future generations of Pakistan. The announcement was made by Syed Zeeshan Ali Naqvi, Deputy Mayor of Islamabad, at the launch of the tree plantation drive in Islamabad on Thursday.

The tree plantation drive’s aim is to strengthen and contribute towards the ‘Green Pakistan’ campaign which has been launched simultaneously in all provinces as well as in Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). Under the national campaign, 257 million trees – a majority of which will be local and indigenous species – will be planted across Pakistan.

Zeeshan Naqvi speaking at the Islamabad launch of the drive said that the government and the CSOs working together for a shared cause was a very encouraging development for a greener and better Pakistan. He expressed hope that the private sector would come forward to support this national cause under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) obligations towards the nation.

Majella Clarke from Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD) while appreciating the initiative said that REDD was committed to supporting every endeavor that highlights the importance of increased forestation. She said that her organization was working with Ministry of Climate Change for Pakistan specific strategy in this regard.

Shakeel Ahmad Ramay of SDPI highlighted that the initiative of Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) was to signify the importance of trees to mitigate the impact of climate change and global warming and a neat and clean environment. Earlier, the tree plantation ceremony was also held at REDD headquarter with the significant presentation from official and experts from various concerned government and civil society organizations.

The ceremony was attended by a large number of students and people from different walks of life and was held by Pakistan Youth Climate Network (PYCN) and Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Climate Change.

Earlier, the tree plantation ceremony was also held at REDD headquarter with the significant presentation from official and experts from various concerned government and civil society organizations.

The drive was also initiated at Peshawar where SDPI joined hands with BARAN organization and Peace Foundation in Peshawar. Sajad Ali Akbar from BARAN, Maqsood Ahmed Salafi from Peace Foundation, Ajmal Khan, Director, Directorate of Culture and Deputy Director and Amin Khan on the occasion vowed to make Pakistan green a mass plantation drive in future. The drive was also held at Punjab University Lahore under the same initiative of SDPI.

Salma Khan
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