ISLAMABAD: The Minister of State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul on Thursday inaugurated the Rain Water Collection Tank at The City School Capital Campus as part of the week-long activities held during the “Environment Week”.
The week-long activities organized by The City School Girls Sections initiated with a tree plantation drive in which students planted 15 trees in the Sports Complex. It also included a poster exhibition, a small fashion show on recycled cloths, a cleanliness campaign, talks by environment experts and a display of projects made by recycled material.
Zartaj Gul was the Chief Guest at the Concluding Ceremony of the week-long activities.
The construction of the water tank was a major step by The City School Principal Afia Shah to manage the water crisis in short drought periods. The tank will collect the rain water which will be used for watering plants and school grounds.
During her visit to The City School, the State Minister Zartaj Gul mingled up with students, planted a tree and visited the stalls displaying colorful and thought provoking posters and models made from the recycled material by the students to highlight climate change issues.
Zartaj Gul was accompanied by the Principal Afia Shah and the Head Mistress Girls Section Atiya Mahroof, the overall organizer of the week-long activity.
The State Minister also declared The City School student Hania Imran as Greta Thunberg of Pakistan for her activities to conserve the environment.
In her speech, Zartaj Gul said that she always accept invitations from schools as she thinks that youth is the future of Pakistan. She said that Pakistan is one of the most vulnerable countries for climate change.
“If not acted wisely the environmental effects can be dangerous for future generations. I am so glad to see that our youth is realizing the challenge and taking lead in highlighting and tackling environmental issues,” she said.
The minister said that she is thrilled to see the step-up change in school’s learning and teaching ethos on climate change and diverse range of activities which created a healthy knowledgeable environment for students. She emphasized that such programs are a small solution which help in providing real life solutions for major water and land crisis.
In her speech, student environmental activist Hania Imran urged everyone to work together for the cause of saving planet earth from the negative impacts of climate change.
“The clock is ticking and the time is running out. We all have to work together to take care of our environment like it takes care of us,” Hania Imran said.
The Regional Director of The City School North Region Badar Rehman said that all students are environment ambassadors. He appreciated the efforts of dedicated teachers and citizens of The City School who promoted the cause with zest and zeal especially.
The event was supported by Subhe Nau whose Chairperson Shahida Kausar Farooq was also present on the occasion.