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World Environment Day
Karachi : 6th June 2018
On occasion of World Environmental Day, Sindh Environmental Protection Agency SEPA organized a round table conference in collaboration with National Forum for Environment and other stake holders; with the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution”.
Waqar Hussain Phulpoto , Director SEPA was the chief guest at the occasion. He talked about the milestones SEPA that has achieved to curb plastic menace, he said that despite of handful of resources SEPA is doing its utmost to combat the environmental issues and he further elaborated that further needs to be done for an environmental protection which can only be achieved through a joint effort from all stake holders and masses, he underscored the need to sensitize people about environmental degradation, he has briefed that SEPA has prosecuted dozens of governmental agencies for their violation of environmental laws.
Earlier, Waqar Hussain Phulpoto briefed the participants about the measures taken by Sindh Environmental Protection Agency to curb the plastic menace, he talked about the recently promulgated notification by Sindh Environmental Protection Agency for the stoppage of non biodegradable polythene bags and said that SEPA has been relentlessly pursuing stakeholders to adopt the technology for manufacturing biodegradable plastic products. He said that 20 million kilograms of flexible plastic has been converted into biodegradable plastic from 2015 onwards due to the efforts of SEPA.
Dr Nuzhat from National Institute of Oceanography has talked about the economical cost of trash and said we through money when we litter, talking in detail about how one can use trash as a commodity she said that we often talk about environmental issues but there is a need to talk about solutions as well
Brigadier Retired Tariq from Engro spoke about the impacts of plastic pollution in daily life, he talked about environmental friendly steps taken by his organization in Thar and said that nature has to be preserved which can only be done as a collaborative efforts from all.
Afrasiab from Business Dynamics has given a presentation on D2W (Biodegradable Plastic) and said that plastic pollution is a grave issue and as a nation it is high time to adopt value added solutions like usage of biodegradable begs instead of plastic bags.
Afia Salam a senior environmental journalist talked about marine pollution and its dire implications for marine life, she also talked about usage of micro beats and their consequences, she has stressed that one should be sensitize to refuse the use of plastic as its imperative besides promoting recycling and reusing.
Imran Sabir from SEPA has said that one should stop the usage of one time plastic commodities like straws, cups and it will create a huge impact
Dr Moin form Geo link and Commodore Retired Zafar Iqbal from Bahira Foundation also spoken to the occasion.
Earth day 2018:
Karachi; 22nd April 2018: Sindh Environmental Protection Agency SEPA, in collaboration with Sustainable Living Society of Institute of Business Management IoBM, has hosted a workshop followed by plantation drive today to commemorated Earth Day today.
Talking to the audience Mr. Tofiq Pasha Mooraj said that Earth Day is synonymousto Earth birth day and it is an opportunity to sensitize people regarding the care of the environment. He further added we have one of the dirtiest urban centers and one needs to be conscious about the kind of world he or she is leaving for the generations to come, he underscored the need to be realize for the importance of environmental care.
Mr. Ainul Abedin , one of a pioneers in green architecture talked about green buildings and provision of having environmentally sustainable building designs. According to him, 1.5 million people are added to the cities every week worldwide and for foreseeable future; energy efficient buildings are required particularly in urban centers of Pakistan.
He talked about the Paris agreement and said that in order to limit the average temperature below 2 degree centigrade, provision of having environmental friendly infrastructure is of utmost importance.
Citing the example of Finance trade center which was built way back in 1983 in Karachi, he said that it is a good example of such buildings; however, overall in Pakistan the landscape is quiet bleak in this regard and a lot needs to be done. He underscored and
elaborated that there is not a single building in Pakistan with zero pc carbon emission.
Dr Nuzhat Khan from National Institute of Oceanography spoke about the consequences of the menace created by plastic waste in context of marine life. She said that dioxin, which is produced due to burning of plastic has serious health implications and said
one has to be mindful about his or her role in this regard.
Dr Shahid Amjad, an environmental expert from IoBM spoke about plastic waste and mentioned that synthetic man-made materials are injurious to natural environment and he said that one needs to be asked that how much plastic waste is generated by an individual on a daily bases. He further added that a single man generates up to 0.1 ton of waste every
DG Nab Sindh Muhammad Altaf Bawani also spoke to the audience and said that there is a dire need to make masses aware about the environmental protection and this milestone can only be achieved through collective efforts from an individual to all the
concerned authorities. He further said that today’s event is a nice effort in this regard.
Additional Director General Waqar Hussain Phulpoto briefed the participants about the measures taken by Sindh Environmental Protection Agency to curb the plastic menace,he talked about the recently promulgated notification by Sindh Environmental Protection Agency for the stoppage of non biodegradable polythene bags and said that SEPA has been
relentlessly pursuing stakeholders to adopt the technology for manufacturing biodegradable plastic products and informed that three companies have been issued licenses to sell their oxo-biodegradable additive in this regard . He said that 20 million
kilograms of flexible plastic has been converted into biodegradable plastic from 2015 onwards due to the efforts of SEPA.
After the shield distribution a plantation drive has been held and different guests have been paired with different educational institutions and they planted a tree as a legacy in the campus of IoBM. SEPA has paired with Foundation Public School and Beacon House Defense Campus.
1ST MEETING OF SINDH ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION (SEP)
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