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World Environment Day 2023: Youth Voices and Perspectives

Change Begins from Within: Sustainable Behaviours for a Greener Tomorrow

The World Environment Day is celebrated each year on 5th June. This day raises awareness about the current environmental problems. The main motto of this day is: “Invest in our Planet”. It's a bitter fact that we have damaged the balanced environment of the Earth, so now it is our duty to regain it. I simply believe that the first step we take forward should be the step we take as individuals. It is not necessary to join a social campaign or group to work on this. You can start this by working on your own. Things to do: • Don't forget the three R’s: reduce, reuse, recycle. • Avoid single-use items like plastic bags, plastic bottles, etc • Conserve water • Make your Earth green • Educate yourself and others It is well-said, "Look after the land and the land will look after you, destroy the land and it will destroy you."

by Anusha Mumtaz Women University, Multan

Celebrating World Environment Day: A Call to Preserve Our Planet

World Environment Day is a momentous occasion celebrated globally on June 5th each year. It serves as a powerful reminder of our responsibility to protect and preserve the planet we call home. This special day offers an opportunity to reflect on our relationship with nature, acknowledge the environmental challenges we face, and take decisive action to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come. It serves as a rallying call for individuals, communities, and governments to come together and address pressing environmental issues. It emphasizes the urgent need to combat climate change, protect biodiversity, conserve natural resources, and promote sustainable development practices. It is a time to recognize the interconnectedness of all living beings and the delicate balance of ecosystems upon which we rely.

Through collective efforts, we can make a significant impact. By reducing our carbon footprint, embracing renewable energy sources, adopting eco-friendly practices, and promoting environmental education, we can create a positive change. Planting trees, cleaning up polluted areas, and supporting conservation initiatives are small yet meaningful steps that contribute to a greener and healthier planet. As we celebrate Environmental Day, let us remember that our actions today determine the world we leave behind for future generations. It is a day to renew our commitment to preserving the environment, prioritizing sustainable practices, and inspiring others to join the global movement for environmental protection. By working together, we can build a brighter, cleaner, and more sustainable future for all. Let us embrace this day as a catalyst for change and take action to safeguard our planet, for it is our greatest legacy.

By Khadija Masood, Physics Department Women University Multan

Climate Change: Our Responsibility, Our Job to Fix it

The environment of today's world is facing many challenges including climate change, pollution, deforestation, and loss of biodiversity. We have changed our lifestyle so much in order to create ease for ourselves. But in doing so, we forgot that we are playing with nature's beauty. Almost 2-3 centuries ago the climate was clear and the environment was pure. But now, we have damaged our whole ecosystem. The causes of environmental challenges include human activities such as industrialization, transportation, and urbanization. These activities have led to increased emissions of greenhouse gases, air and water pollution, deforestation, and loss of biodiversity. The effects of a bad environment can be seen in many ways. Climate change can lead to rising temperatures, sea level rise, and more frequent and severe weather events such as hurricanes, droughts, and floods. The flood rate has been increased and so has its intensity. We can change the environment for the better by taking individual and collective action. Some ways to do this include using public transportation or walking instead of driving, conserving water, recycling and reducing waste, using environment-friendly products, and reducing the use of plastic. We can also support policies and initiatives that promote sustainability and environmental protection. It is important for individuals, communities, and governments to work together to address environmental challenges and create a more sustainable future. It is also equally important for them to take action to address these challenges and protect the environment for future generations.

By Arooba Fatima Women University Multan

The students are part of SSDO’s Youth Network in Multan and are promoting peacebuilding and social cohesion on university campuses, after being trained on critical thinking, leadership skills and peace by SSDO.

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