Earth Day celebrated at SU amid planting of 20 saplings

Friday 21 April 2017 4 weeks ago 81   Jamshoro   Print

Teacher and students are planting in campus.

Report  Ali Murad Chandio : JAMSHORO: Planting of saplings and awareness speeches marked the World Earth Day celebrations at the University of Sindh here on Friday. Led by SU Registrar Dr. Muhammad Saleem Chandio and the Chairman of Department of Geography Prof. Muheb Ali Leghari joined the students and teachers in planting as many as 200 saplings in the campus. The students had taken placards carrying slogans on "saving mother earth" and "protecting environment." Professor of Physical Education Institute Dr. Mahmood ul Hassan Mughal, Prof. Sujo Mal and others were also present on the occasion. In his Earth Day message read out by Registrar, the Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat appealed to the students to grow trees in their houses besides that of campus. "Every day should be treated as earth day and saplings must be planted. Importance should be given to environment protection," he said. He also pointed out to the growing of neem trees in the university as per love of SU founder VC’s better half Elsa Kazi who had a great adoration of these trees. “The neem tree, which is unique in its kind, is used by people for various purposes besides being used as wood. It also emits oxygen thus helping in protecting environment”, said Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat. He said youth should be encouraged to play their role in dealing with environmental challenges like deforestation, pollution and water scarcity. According to the Vice Chancellor, 170 countries celebrate Earth Day on April 22 every year and we have started celebrations one day prior to it with the aim to ensure the participation of students as the Saturday is holiday on the campus. Addressing on the occasion, the Chairman of Dept. of Geography Prof. Muheb Ali Leghari said that the event aimed to increase awareness among students and the general public about environmental safety. He said the theme of the event was ‘green cities’, which focused on renewable energy, energy efficient buildings and environment friendly transportation. He further said that helping the environment should be a more regular activity. “Such activities should not be limited to one day but should be all year round,” he said. Professor of Physical Education Department Dr. Mahmood ul Hassan Mughal said that plantation drives must be carried out at a number of schools, colleges and universities like that of Sindh University so that environmental awareness could be raised among students. “We rely on earth’s resources for survival. Every year on Earth Day, we plant trees in SU to promote a curb on our heavy dependence on environmental resources, which will sensitize our youth to show support for conservation of the environment,” he said. The day is intended to create awareness among people about the natural environment of the earth. Earth day was founded by senator of United States Gaylord Nelson. (01)