A legislative body of Upper House of parliament on Sunday participated in a cleanliness drive at the Shahdara Margalla Hills National Park to commemorate World Environment Day on June 5th.
The Senate Standing Committee on Climate Change, chaired by Senator Seemee Ezdi, participated in a cleanliness drive at the Shahdara Margalla Hills National Park to commemorate World Environment Day on June 5th. During the event, the committee received a briefing from Ms. Rina Khan, Chairperson of the Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB), on the organization’s efforts to protect and preserve the Margalla Hills in the capital city.
Senator Seemee Ezdi addressed the IWMB’s wildlife Volunteer Force and the ‘We Fixers Group’, lauding their efforts and pledging to empower the volunteer groups to take action. The committee recognized the importance of volunteerism and emphasized that the preservation of natural resources in the country is impossible without the role of the local community and awareness campaigns.
The committee noted that cleaning efforts are difficult to maintain and achieve without incentivizing and penalizing, and recommended the strict implementation of policies.
Senator Seemee Ezdi while addressing the participants lamented on the contamination of Rawal Dam due to usage of contagious chemicals for fishing and trapping turtles resulting in many fishes not only to perish but the water being contaminated, effecting the ecosystem. It was pointed that the the same is also a source of water supply to Rawalpindi and is causing huge repercussion in terms of water purification, and posing health hazards to the people of the twin cities.