ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday said topic of environment protection would be incorporated in syllabus of schoolchildren.
“We hope to inspire our young people. We will put it into their syllabus that it is important to protect environment for their future,” Imran Khan said while addressing the inaugural ceremony of three-day 7th Asia Regional Conference on Climate Change in Islamabad.
The conference will discuss major environmental challenges being faced by countries in Asia as well as the issue of increasing environmental pollution and ways and means to overcome it.
PM Khan expressed hope to create enough awareness among young people of the country regarding environment protection.
“About 60 percent of Pakistani population is less than 30 years age. We have to take decisions keeping in view the future generations,” he said adding that protection of environment is everybody’s obligation.
He said pollution went up in Lahore after massive number of trees were cut in the city. He said there had been no check on timber mafia, which was previously protected by politicians.
Imran Khan said Pakistan was rich in natural resources and beautiful tourism sites. Most of people in Pakistan grew and lived in cities, so they don’t really understand the beauty of Pakistan, he added.
“Pakistan has dense jungle, high mountain ranges and desert areas. Forests like the ones in Himalaya are rare in the world. Some Pakistani places have unmatchable beauty in the whole world,” he said.
“This year we will start a massive tree plantation program all over Pakistan. Our main concern is to make Pakistan a model country for the whole Asia,” he said.