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25 February | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

Right time to adopt right habits, promote eco-friendly activities

‘A simple act of waste segregation requires a little effort but has huge benefits. It makes people aware of environmental conservation, reduces health hazards, and makes recycling process of different items easier for further processing’

I have made some good numbers of friends from my visit to a last year’s conference, held in Sargodha, under the dynamic management of Shan Dilshan and Kamran Safdar, two brilliant young passionate persons, addressing the core issues such as occurring climatic changes and making peace with the nature. I learned a bundle of new things related to a diverse topics such as green faith, waste management, human stewardship of the nature, etc. Moreover multiple mentions from the religious texts were coined every now and then during the conference to highlight the significance of a special relation between humans and the nature, that’s how a human has been made responsible for his surroundings which is inclusive of animals, and plants.

The balance maintained by the presence of all the agents directly or indirectly affecting our environment should also be supervised by all the humans in order to ensure a safe and sustainable survival of all the species sheltered in the sphere of this kaleidoscopic home. The COP28 was also mentioned and how it was important for Pakistan to address their situation in front of the whole world in order to spread awareness that the after effects of pollution related activities do not simple go away without serious repercussions. Recent floods and smog crises have shown that Pakistan has suffered the most at the hands of the fossil fuel emissions and has not made any significant progress in these matters.

Being stewards of nature, we might be able to finally live in complete harmony with our surroundings
‘Being stewards of nature, we might be able to finally live in harmony with our surroundings’

Speakers from various walks of life were invited to deliver their talks on environment. I vividly remember the interaction with Mr David John of St Xavier Catholic Church from Sargodha, partly because he is such a humble personality and the other part related to a remark he made about waste segregation. According to him, the act of waste segregation is a service of the highest virtue ‘ignored’ here in our homeland mainly because of the ‘ignorance’. Not much is being done to make people aware of this selfless act that in turn can transform our society, if channeled properly. He was sharing his experience from one of his foreign trips. During his stay abroad, he noticed something very unique that can be taken in the context of weirdness from this society’s point of view.

A lady from the locality of Mr David John’s residence would occasionally ask for the waste packed and ready to be disposed-off. Upon this unusual request made by a rather senior lady, he would humbly comply with this proposition and give away the properly stacked waste bag. He later observed that the lady afterwards would take the waste contents out of the trash from these bags. She would segregate these contents strictly based on their organic or inorganic nature before disposing them off. He then argued about importance of this simple selfless act that how this act is beneficial for a greater good. I could not simply get this act of waste segregation out of mind. Upon my return, I talked about waste segregation with my mother and after a few disagreements I was able to convince her that we have been ignoring this sustainable habit unnecessarily.

We can see that the waste segregation requires a little effort but has huge benefits. It makes people aware of the environmental conservation, reduces health hazards, and makes the recycling process of different items easier for further processing, etc. I mean this simple act that is already in motion just requires a bit modification on our part, like my mother and I did, can make such positive changes. With climatic challenges ahead of us, I strongly believe that now is the right time to adopt the right habits and promote environmental friendly activities. This is the least that we can do, being stewards of the nature, for if we keep heading in the right direction who knows we might be able to finally live in complete harmony with our surroundings.

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