The Pakistan Navy (PN) on Thursday celebrated the World Environment Day to highlight the significance of environment in the country and to promote awareness amongst personnel in proactively pursuing measures focusing on the marine life.
Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Zafar Mehmood Abbasi, in a message, said that the navy has already initiated numerous measures and actions ranging from collection of solid waste from the harbour, the establishment of Reedbed plants in all areas under its jurisdiction besides extensive tree plantation campaign. "The PN continues to sensitise concerned government and non-government organisations and departments to initiate effective measures against marine pollution."
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Admiral Abbasi said that while awareness is deemed a vital factor, a number of activities have been planned by Field Commands and PN Units to promote awareness and inculcate a sense of responsibility amongst all to save and preserve our environment.
"I expect all under command to initiate dedicated efforts to make these activities worthwhile and successful," he added.
"On this day, let us reaffirm our commitment to make every effort for the betterment of our environment, especially the marine environment. Our conduct in professional and private lives shall be in line with the best practices and principles of protection, preservation and conservation of environment. Let everyone be assured that the PN will continue to achieve its mission with rightful regard for the environment."
The World Environment Day is celebrated internationally to raise awareness about the protection of earth's natural systems, galvanise support to focus on threats that the environment faces and consider ways that can help mitigate these threats.
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This year’s slogan adopted for the World Environment Day is biodiversity; the foundation that supports all life on land and below water. It affects every aspect of human health; provides clean air and water, nutritious foods, natural disease resistance and climate change mitigation.
Human actions, including deforestation, encroachment on wildlife habitats, intensified agriculture and acceleration of climate change is pushing nature beyond its limits.
"If we continue on this path, biodiversity loss will have severe implications for humanity, including the collapse of food and health systems," the naval chief further said.