Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan said on Saturday that Pakistan felt honored to host World Environment Day in collaboration with the United Nations.
The Prime Minister was addressing the ceremony in Islamabad to commemorate World Environment Day in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) on the theme of “ecosystem restoration” and focus on the resetting our relationship with nature.
The program was also addressed by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
He said that previously only 640 million trees had been planted in the country, while the PTI-led KP government, during its five-year tenure alone, planted a billion saplings.
“Unfortunately, Pakistan’s forest lands have been destroyed and occupied,” he said.
Imran Khan shared that trees along 50 kilometers of Shahra-e-Karakoram have been cut and praised the efforts of the rangers who intervened and stopped the activity which also resulted in the deaths of their 10 colleagues.
The Prime Minister said that nature has once again given them the opportunity to use these 10 years to improve their ecosystem, as any threat against him will have an irreversible negative impact on the country.
“We are already seeing the impact of global warming on our glaciers, which are a source of 80% of our water supply,” he said, adding that their melting has led to water shortages, the provinces blaming each other for the theft of water.
“Currently there are provinces fighting over water shortages and if we are not able to deal with them today it will have a huge impact in the future,” said the premier.
He stressed the need to educate children about climate change and the importance of trees and said this would help solve environmental problems in the future.
“If we reach the goal of planting 10 billion saplings in the country, it will have a positive impact in the future,” said Imran Khan while sharing the government’s initiative to establish 10 national forests to boost the planting campaign.
He then thanked the Secretary General of the United Nations for highlighting the need for the contribution of rich countries to fight against climate problems in developing countries.