I have had an opportunity to celebrate the World Environment Day in Islamabad along with government officers and experts of the field. A majority of the participants presented their speeches in English language while their connection with the soil which is building block of environment was extremely bleak.
Like other gathering, this one was also a routine discussion session and there was no will on the part of the participants to practically do some work for protecting environment. Like the federal capital, in other parts of the country such gatherings were also held to celebrate the day with the sole aim of “Nishastam guftam barkhastam”. My humble message on this day of environment is: “We must act instead of rhetoric”.
In case of paper work we are number one, while in case of implementing the discussed views we are at the lowest of the bottom. Just take example of Islamabad which I visited after the session and found very precarious situation that each household possess 3 to four generators for electricity generation and this luxury on the part of people creating serious environment pollution in the whole area and consumers are totally oblivious of the situation.
If these people are environmentally sensitive they can replace electric generator with solar system which is not so much hazardous for environment as well as economically viable. Secondly I also realized there is no space available for drainage of water in the whole capital and space left for such purpose has been fully dumped by the nearby people with garbage and if there is heavy rain it will create havoc. These are two examples which reflect how ignorant we are in case of environment while having formal education up to master and Ph.D level. Why we are doing these things, because we are not sensitive about environment.
Until and unless we are sensitized about environment and until we take practical steps from household to community and government level there will come no improvement in environmental issues. Let us stop speeches and start practical work and let us become sensitive about our environmental issues which are very close around us and we continuously ignore them because of our own ignorance.
Rehmat Ali Jaffardost,