PN celebrates World Environment Day

KARACHI: With an aim to stimulate awareness and enhance attention amongst Pakistan Navy personnel on environmental issues and their effects on human health, Pakistan Navy, celebrated World Environment Day on Thursday with fervour and great enthusiasm.

Various environmental awareness activities including lectures by renowned scholars, environmentalists and intellectuals on the significance of environment, seminars, walks for a cause and cleaning campaigns were also conducted at field levels to commemorate

World Environment Day is the United Nations flagship environmental event which is celebrated every year on 5 Jun around the world. It was established in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly and its commemorations are entrusted to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).

The purpose of World Environment Day is to focus worldwide attention on the importance of the environment and stimulate political attention and action. The theme and logo selected to be the focus for all World Environment Day for 2014 is “Planet Earth is our shared island, let us join forces to protect it”.

As a part of its Policy, Pakistan Navy takes into account the implication of Environment on all its strategic decision making and its linkage with national/maritime security. Conduct of regular Harbour cleaning campaigns, collection of floating debris around Naval Jetties to prevent accelerated material degradation of Ships & platforms, planning & conduct of oil spill exercises to improve expertise and coordination between all stake holders to effectively handle national marine disasters and seasonal tree plantations are few of the initiatives being taken by Pakistan Navy round the year for contributing towards improving the earth environment and in particular, eradicating the marine pollution.

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