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PM reiterates to change nation's behaviour for future generations

PM reiterates to change nation's behaviour for future generations
February 17, 2021

ISLAMABAD (92 News) – Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan has reiterated to change the nation's behaviour for betterment of future generations on Wednesday.

The prime minister expressed his optimism at the inaugural ceremony of Spring Tree Plantation Campaign under ten billion tree tsunami and the first ever Miyawaki urban forest in Islamabad.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has launched the 2021 spring tree plantation drive during a ceremony after planting a sapling. While talking about the government’s target of planting ten billion trees across Pakistan, PM Khan said that the government is bringing change both in thinking and the land of Pakistan.

He said that they are bringing a positive change in mindset and future generations must have to change their lifestyle. "It is our responsibility to determine the losses and benefits the young generations could face in the next 20 years. The hazards of deforesting could be easily seen in Lahore, the provincial capital of Punjab," he added.

The premier said that Lahore and Peshawar had been called garden cities and now children and elderly citizens are most affected by the pollution there. He added that environmental pollution is reducing the life span of a human being up to 11 years in Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar.

He said that 70 per cent of trees were cut down in Lahore during the last 20 years. The government spotted 50 localities to establishing urban forests in the next 10 years in Lahore.

The premier said that planting trees and establishing forests is our need to secure the country’s future as Pakistan is among 10 countries facing extreme dangers of climate change.

“Cooperation of youth is required to make Pakistan green. Peshawar was known as the city of flowers but the situation today is also different there. PTI government planted one billion trees in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa whose audit was conducted by organizations like the World Wide Fund (WWF) and the project was appreciated by international agencies.”

PM wants to introduce climate change courses in schools

The prime minister also mentioned that special courses will be introduced across Pakistan to teach students the importance of forests and trees and the dangers of climate change, Prime Minister Imran Khan said.

He warned that global warming and greenhouse gas emissions pose huge threats to the country. "Unfortunately, Pakistan is among the top 10 countries at threat from climate change."

Forests and trees are the need of the hour, they are the need of our future generations and this is the time to take action, the premier said.

In the upcoming days, schools across the country will be given a target of trees to plant and they will be responsible for taking care of that tree as well.

Adviser to Prime Minister on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam gave a briefing to PM Imran Khan regarding the spring tree plantation drive and presented the recommendations for the spots to initiate the plantation campaign.

The ceremony was also attended by interior minister Sheikh Rasheed and Senator Faisal Javed.