Gilgit, April 25: WWF, Pakistan and GILGIT SERENA HOTEL SEED Program (Social and Environmental Education Development), jointly celebrated Earth Day 2008, by engaging school students at Ghulkin and Sost villages of Gojal on 22-23 April 2008, in environment related activities.
The ceremony was attended by sixty students and twelve teachers of Diamond Jubilee School Ghulkin, Nasir Khisrow Model Academy Ghulkin, Government Primary School Ghulkin, D.J High School Sost, F.G Boys High School Sost and AL Hussain Model School Sost. Members of Ghulkin Nature Conservation and Khunzherav Villages Organization, also attend the event.
The basic purpose of celebrating the event was to aware the students, teachers and community leaders about some human activities, such as deforestation, waste generation, excessive use of power sources and growing usage of plastic bags, that leads to the environmental degradations and add to the phenomenon called climate change.
As part of the “A Call for Climate” theme clean up campaigns of Borith Lake and plantation in the vicinity of D.J High School Sost were carried out. Presentations related to importance of Biodiversity of Khunjerab National Park in dealing with climate change and SEED Program of Serena Hotel were representatives of these organizations. The program was also followed by documentaries on natural resources of the Northern Areas and songs by the school student, showing their reverence for environment.
Community leaders, in their remarks appreciated SERENA HOTELS SEED Program and WWF-Pakistan, Northern Areas for celebrating the event in the far flung areas of Gojal and awaring the students, teachers and community leaders to protect their Mother Earth, for a better tomorrow. They urged the students and teachers to celebrate all the environmentally significant events and conduct practical activities, such as clean up campaigns, nature walks, and plantation on sustainable bases.The speakers included Mr Bahadur Khan, president of KVO, Mr Iqbal Karim, principal of DJ School, Sost, Ms Rukhsana Saleem of WWF and Mr Asghar Khan of Serena hotel, Gilgit.