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Wasim Akram speaks on Int’l Mother Earth Day

KARACHI: On the occasion of the International Mother Earth Day (22nd of April, 2022) US Consulate General here has presented a video featuring Legendary Cricketer Wasim Akram who tells the audience about ocean pollution.

US Consulate General at the Port City partners with sports legends, to edify populace apropos Climate Change.

In the latest video produced by a team of US Consulate General staffers, Pakistan’s Legendary Cricketer Wasim Akram tells how each and every one of us can help reduce ocean pollution. We all need to do our part to protect the ocean.

The climate crisis is an ocean crisis.

In the same video you will see Cricketer Fawad Alam speaking about the devastating consequences of the use of plastic bags on environment;

Pakistani Field Hockey Icon Olympian Hassan Sardar pointing out the importance of recycling;

Former Pakistan National Cricket Team Captain Younus Khan highlighting the vital role trees play in protecting the environment and sustaining communities;

Former Squash World Champion Jahangir Khan sharing the benefits of solar energy to protect the environment. Footballers Hajra Khan and Kaleemullah Khan are also featured.

Message of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on the occasion of International Mother Earth Day 2022:

Today is International Mother Earth Day.

It is a chance to reflect on how humanity has been treating our planet.

The truth is, we have been poor custodians of our fragile home.

Today, the Earth is facing a triple planetary crisis.

Climate disruption.

Nature and biodiversity loss.

Pollution and waste.

This triple crisis is threatening the well-being and survival of millions of people around the world.

The building blocks of happy, healthy lives — clean water, fresh air, a stable and predictable climate — are in disarray, putting the Sustainable Development Goals in jeopardy.

But there is still hope.

Fifty years ago, the world came together for the Stockholm Conference.

It was the start of the global environmental movement.

Since then, we have seen what is possible when we act as one.

We have shrunk the ozone hole.

We have expanded protections for wild life and ecosystems.

We have ended the use of leaded fuel, preventing millions of premature deaths.

And just last month, we launched a landmark global effort to prevent and end plastic pollution.

We have proven that together, we can tackle monumental challenges.

And the right to a healthy environment is gaining traction.

But we need to do much more. And much faster.

Especially to avert climate catastrophe.

We must limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.

We are far off track.

To keep 1.5 alive, governments must have cut emissions by 45 per cent by 2030, and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

Main emitters must drastically cut emissions starting this year.

This means accelerating the end of our fossil fuel addiction.

And speeding the deployment of clean renewable energy.

At the same time we must invest rapidly in adaptation and resilience, particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable who have contributed least to the crisis.

In June, the world will gather once again in Sweden for the Stockholm+50 meeting.

Let us make sure our leaders bring the ambition and action needed to address our triple planetary emergency.

Because we have only one Mother Earth.

We must do everything we can to protect her. | YouTube Channel

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.