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Published Date: Dec 30, 2016

Environmental issues should be included in school syllabi

Environmental experts proposed on Thursday the inclusion of climate-related issues in school syllabi, to raise awareness among children at the initial stages of learning to tackle upcoming challenges.
Speaking at the third Green Parliament Caucus meeting, experts and policymakers suggested giving priority to environmental issues while designing development projects, to check the long-term impact on national and regional progress.
The meeting was organised by the Women Parliamentary Caucus and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).
MNA Romina Khursheed Alam said that the country’s environmental laws do not meet the requirements for healthy living conditions and amendments and improvements are urgently needed.
She said the media could play a key role in raising awareness at the grassroots level, and local, national and regional media should be involved in creating sensitivity among the general public.
MNA Asiya Naz Tanoli said it is time to involve local communities in waste management. She said the government does not have the resources do work alone and, in addition to public-private collaboration, involving individuals would be the most effective way to get the required results in the least amount of time.
SDPI Executive Director Dr Abid Suleri also suggested that sustainable energy solutions be adopted.
He said the media should be taken on board on any environmental issues and mass drives should be launched for clean and healthy living conditions.
Environmental experts Fareed and Raees, and analyst Dr Talat Maroof emphasised that the environment should be the priority while devising any constructive policies.
They said it was unfortunate that the country’s renewable energy contribution is less than 1pc, and called for this to be increased to replicate our energy resources and stop the deprivation of our current assets.

Source: http://www.dawn.com/news/1305253/environmental-issues-should-be-included-in-school-syllabi