Peshawar residents join Global Climate Strike

Participants of the march hold up banners and placards as they call on the government to take action

​ Our Correspondent September 21, 2019
Climate March Pakistan (Photo: Twitter)

PESHAWAR: People from all walks of lives, particularly school students, marched through Peshawar on Friday to raise the urgent issue of climate change as part of the Global Climate Strike. The march coincided with similar marches held in some 33 cities of the country on Friday.

The University of Peshawar (UoP) Environment Society, in collaboration with the Islamic Relief Pakistan and the Pakistan Red Crescent Society, organised a Climate March. Participants of the march held up banners and placards in the march as they called on the government to take action on climate change.

Later, in a seminar, UoP Environment Society Organiser Dr Asif Khan Khattak gave a presentation on the Global Climate Strike, which is led by 16-year-old Swede Greta Thunberg.

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Professor Dr Shafiqur Rehman, former UoP Environmental Sciences Department chairman, explained the importance of the event and how climate change is a global problem.

The department’s incumbent chairman, Prof Dr Hizbullah Khan explained the scientific ways in which global warming can be reduced.

He described that the scientific approaches have limitations and therefore the world is now focusing on adaptation to climate change.

Kashmir solidarity week

A solemn and creative week marked by University Model School girls students to show solidarity to the Kashmiri cause concluded in a ceremony at the UoP Convocation Hall on Friday.

Around 1,000 girls gathered at the Convocation Hall to present their cards, placards and signature cards depicting the ongoing struggle of Kashmiris brethren.

The week-long activity involved three Quranic recitations, daily assembly homage, cards competition, calligraphy and protest graffiti.

On Friday, UoP Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Asif Khan praised the enthusiasm and creativity of the students. He stated that to further the Kashmir struggle, we need to excel in technology, science and education to win the battle of arguments in the comity of nations and not through invading occupied Kashmir.

University Model School Principal Nazneen Shah said that girls today came out of their school and expressed their love and affection for their Kashmiri sisters.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 21st, 2019.


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