HUNZA, April 21: The two-day celebrations related to “World Earth Day” have started in Hunza. A variety of programmes were held on the first day in Aliabad, the administrative headquarter of Hunza subdivision, in order to create awareness regarding the graving environmental issues our world is confronting.
Karakoram Area Development Organization-KADO with the collaboration of earth day network organized a mega event at Hunza Public School in Aliabad. Students from different schools and members of scouts groups participated in art, quiz and speech competitions held to commensurate the day’s theme. The main focus of the event remained on fragility of the environment and the planet Earth. The students also highlighted the devastating phenomenon of Jan 04 in which the landslide devastated the Attabad village and blocked KKH and Hunza River.
In a separate event, the Ismaili Boy Scouts and Shaheens participated in “Keep Hunza Clean Moot” in Aliabad Bazar area, the commercial hub of Hunza-Nagar district. The Scouts cleaned the main street and removed graffiti from the walls.
KADO also developed and telecast different environmental awareness programmes through Suju Hunzu, a local cable channel operating in central Hunza.
A major event has been scheduled on April 22 in which the representatives of district administration and civil society organizations will discuss the environmental issues and recommend or advocate possible proactive solutions on the wake of properly establishing Hunza-Nagar district.
It is worthy to mention here that the world is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the first Earth Day on April 22, which was officially created by Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in 1970.