URI Pakistan organized a panel discussion on Earth Day, 2019 with the theme of Environmental Pollution and our Responsibility. On April 23, 2019 URI Pakistan arranged this panel discussion with the collaboration of COPE Pakistan, Peace Center Lahore, Faces Pakistan and Kul Masalik Ulma Board at Peace Center. Guest of honors were Bishop Irfan Jamil Church of Pakistan, Muhammad Rizwan, Fr.James Channan OP, Maulana Muhammad Asim Makhdoom , Mufti Ashiq Hussain, Pastor Majid Abel, Pastor Amjad Niamat,Pir Akhtar Rasool, Muhmmad Pervaiz Saqi, Rev Dr.Marcus Fida, Allama Ayub Khan, Maulana Muhmmad Hussain, Sohail Ahmad Raza, Javed William, Syed Naubahan, S.A Jaffary, Qari Asgar Hanif,Fr.Marcus Daniel OP and Mr. Asher Nazir.
After interfaith prayers Mr. Asher Nazir Executive Secretary URI Pakistan and coordinator COPE Pakistan welcomed all guests and shared that nature is the mother of everyone. Before you were born nature was already born and it was prepared for us. God created it for us and for everyone. Nature is the source of our life. He invited Fr James Channan OP to share the objectives of this program to the participants.
Bishop Irfan Jamil Church of Pakistan, Fr.James Channan OP, Director Peace Center and Regional Coordinator URI Pakistan, Muhmmad Rizwan Provincial Minister of Environment Punjab, Dr.Badar Munir, Mufti Ashiq Hussain, Sohail Ahmad Raza, Rev Dr.Marcus Fida, Maulana Asim Makhdum, Qari Arif Hanif and Mr.Asher Nazir are planting a tree at Peace Center Lahore.
Fr.James Channan OP shared that today the entire world is facing global warming. People are facing problem by nature in different countries. Pakistan is also affected by it. For clean and green Pakistan we have to plant trees, because if you are not part of the solution then you are part of the pollution. So we have no time to waste. Nature is like air: if you breathe it, you cannot feel it. But when it’s lacking you will very strongly feel its importance. We should care for our Earth. Provincial Minister of Environment Punjab shared his view that Government of Pakistan is working on tree plantation in Pakistan and today I am happy and congratulate Fr James Channan OP to organizing this program on Earth Day with the theme of Environmental Pollution and our Responsibility. Today our World appeal to us that we contribute something to our environment and reduce pollution by planting a tree. Join hands with us, and let’s make this world a better place, everyone has to play their role. Therefore, we encourage each of you to take initiatives in any way you can. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, a working professional, a house wife or an organization.
All panelists agreed that together we should work on plantation in Pakistan. Without nature, there are no houses, there is no food no air, no life.