BOONI: The World Environment Day was celebrated in Booni, Upper Chitral, under the banner of Chitral Heritage and Environment Protection Society, says a press release.
The event was conducted while observing coronavirus SOPs of the government. Around 35 people – majority of them aged seven to 25 – gathered at an open space. They entered the venue by washing their hands and masks were distributed among them. The participants were asked to sit while keeping measurable distance from each other.
District Focal person for COVID-19 Dr. Sardar Nawaz was the chief guest.
Sabina Akbar highlighted the need for active volunteerism to protect ecology. Additionally, she spoke on the positive impact of coronavirus, particularly reduction in carbon emission.
Later, children displayed placards to present their gratitude to the paramedical staffs who are fighting at frontline against the virus.
Founding member of CHEPS Sajjad Ali talked about the importance of environment in day-to-day life and asked the participants to follow environment-friendly steps. He also spoke about the noticeable positive changes which have happened around the world as a result of the lockdown.
Moreover, he accentuated the restless efforts of doctors and paramedical staffs and paid tribute to all the professionals who are working in the health sector.
Dr. Sardar Nawaz highlighted the importance of environment and its sustenance. Furthermore, he talked about the relation of the pandemic and environment and urged the participants to play their active role in the protection of environment. He thanked the CHEPS chairman for arranging the event at this tough situation and for following SOPs.
Ahsan ul Haq, senior member CHEPS, shared his experience with the organization and thanked Rehmat Ali for bringing the concept of environmental conservation at remote region of Chitral 15 years ago.
Rehmat Ali assured the participants to continue his quest for environment conservation for the rest of his life. He told the audience that he had started an awareness campaign regarding coronavirus in Pakistan when the virus emerged in China.
He announced that phase two of awareness campaign under this leadership will begin soon.