KARACHI: Sindh Environment Minister, Shaikh Muhammad Afzal, led a walk to kick off Environment Protection Week in Sindh here. The Sindh Minister along with Member Sindh Assembly, Nishat Muhammad Zia Qadri and Administrator Shah Faisal Town, Kamal Mustafa led the walk taken out from Cardiac Center to Town Office here on Monday, said a statement.
Speaking on the occasion, Shaikh Muhammad Afzal said 1.5 million saplings would be planted in Sindh during the environment protection week. He said every individual would have to play a role in the protection of environment.
Highlighting aims and objectives of marking the week as environment protection week, he said the week is being observed across the province to raise awareness among the masses about environment degradation and sensitize people to play their part for checking, stabilizing and reversing the environmental degradation.
He also said that depleting water resources are major indicator of the climate change, which has resulted in serious shortage of water for every sector of economy including industrial sector. He said:
“Depleting fresh water resources have particularly negatively affected people’s access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Today tens of thousands of people in the province are facing with the inadequate availability of drinking water and sanitation,”
Given the reasons, people have paying heavy cost in shape of rising health bills, he said and added; however, we need to create awareness among people to avoid misuse of water resources so that the access to safe water and sanitation is also extended to other people.