Published Date: Aug 28, 2012
ENVIRONMENTAL LITERATURE IN URDU CAN BE MORE EFFECTIVE FOR AWARENESS
Environmental literature in Urdu can be more effective in creating and encouraging people to preserve the nature, said Dr Anwar Ahmad, Chairman, National Language Authority (NLA), Islamabad while chairing the launch of book organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) here on Monday. He called upon experts to use Urdu language to present environmental information to general public.
The book “Mahool, Mauashra and Paidar Taraqi”, (Environment, Society and Sustainable Development) is a compilation of selected research articles and papers authored by eminent writers, including Dr. Tariq Banuri, Anil Agarwal, Ahmad Salim, Dr. Mahmood A. Khwajaj, and published in various editions of SDPI’s premier environmental journals “Paidar Taraqi” and “Dharti” over the last twenty years.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Anwar underlined the need to sensitize youth on environmental conservation and called for inclusion of environmental preservation in curriculum. He said, books like these inspire change in the society and through engaging youth- which he said, are the last hope for Pakistan- we can lead the way to prosperity.
Ahmad Salim, Senior Advisor, SDPI, in his introductory remarks said, there is dearth of research material and environmental literature in Urdu, which is a reason that common man is indifferent to environmental issues and debates on the subject. He said, the book not only summarizes important environmental concerns during the last two decades in Pakistan but also showcase SDPI’s twenty years of research and struggle for conservation of nature. He also appreciated SDPI staff for their untiring efforts in publication of books that vowed for sustainable socio-economic development in Pakistan.
Dr Mahmood A. Khwaja, SDPI Senior Advisor, Chemicals and Sustainable Industrial Development and lead contributor of the book, while introducing the publication read several exerts from main articles of the book. Quoting Dr. Tariq Banori, he said, sustainable human development not only produces economic growth but also ensures its equitable distribution. “Sustainable development is pro-poor and pro-nature which not only preserves ecology and but also empowers people,” he added. He cited article from the book by Ahmad Saleem which argues that participatory development is the only solution to modern day economic problems instead of current market based capitalist economic model. He also narrated exerts from article of Aneel Agarwal on environmental politics and said this article is a must read to understand the global politics on environment.
Ambassador (Retd) Shafqat Kakakel, Former United Nations Assistant Secretary General, Deputy- Executive-Director UNEP said despite the end of colonization, the third world countries are still unable to utilize their natural resources mainly due to neo-colonization of natural resources by west and industrialized countries. He said environmental degradation is badly affecting the development in Pakistan. “A study by World Bank in 2006 reveals that Pakistan is incurring a loss of 1 billion rupees per day due to environmental degradation,“ he added. Kaka khel urged political parties to come forward and include ecological preservation in their manifestos . He also suggested to translate environmental laws into Urdu, especially Pakistan Environment Protection Act, for better understanding, implementation and to reach out to common public.
Dr Humaira Ishfaq highlighted on the need of producing such book and said, the book is part of SDPI’s twentieth year’s anniversary celebrations and it was envisaged to publish some special books highlighting various aspects of sustainable development based on work by SDPI researchers, during the last two decades. She said environment is the core of SDPI research activities which resonates and connects with almost every sphere of sustainable development. She said, the articles in the book were carefully selected that open up diverse avenues for debate, action and positive intervention in the society.