Earth Day Celebrations on COMSATS Campus

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A successful Earth Day event was organised by the Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD) at the COMSATS University campus in Islamabad. On the morning of 22nd April, the Advisor to CCRD, Ambassador (Retired) Shahid Kamal was invited by Pakistan Television for an hour long programme focusing on Earth Day. Later that afternoon, the environment film "Chasing Ice" was shown on the COMSATS campus. The film is an award winning documentary about acclaimed photographer James Balog whose beautiful videos compress years into seconds and capture ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate. "Chasing Ice" depicts a photographer trying to deliver evidence and hope to our carbon-powered planet.

After the film there was a tree plantation ceremony on campus and the chief guest was the federal Minister for Climate Change, Mushaidullah Khan, who planted an indigenous sapling of ‘Kachnar’ in the gardens of the COMSATS University. He also visited the library and later spoke to the journalists gathered about the importance of Earth Day. He told the journalists: "Earth Day has been commemorated since the 1970s. The earth is in a lot of trouble and we have to fix it. We need to focus on the environment and sustainable development. Climate change is such a big issue, even bigger than terrorism, and we have to work together to address it".

Local News Coverage:

1. http://www.trust.org/item/20150430100834-p2dc1

2. http://www.dawn.com/news/1179331/earthly-matters-new-direction

3. http://customstoday.com.pk/minister-marks-earth-day-calls-for-green-economy/

4. http://tribune.com.pk/story/874464/challenges-at-home-events-lacked-local-focus/

5. http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/23-Apr-2015/minister-for-environment-friendly-use-of-resources

6. http://www.brecorder.com/pakistan/politics-a-policy/239340-pursuing-green-economy-pathways-must-for-making-countrys-economic-growth-sustainable-mushahidullah.html

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