Published Date: Aug 28, 2012
UNIQUE URDU BOOK ON ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS LAUNCHED
The latest book on Environment, launched on Monday, is a remarkable effort to inform the masses on ecological state of affairs in the country. The rare publication “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.
“Environmental literature in Urdu can be more effective in creating awareness and encouraging people to preserve the nature”, said Dr Anwar Ahmad, Chairman of National Language Authority (NLA) while chairing the launch of book organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). He called upon experts to use Urdu language to present environmental information to general public.
The initiative is necessary given the fact that the development and dissemination of environmental information in the country have often been limited to the English language. “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” remarked Ahmad Salim, Senior Advisor, SDPI. The book not only summarizes important environmental concerns during the last two decades in Pakistan but also showcases SDPI’s twenty years of research and struggle for conservation of nature.
Dr Mahmood A. Khwaja, lead contributor of the book, while introducing the publication read several exerts from main articles of the book on the occasion.
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 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.
Shafqat Kakakel, (Retd) Ambassador, suggested to translate environmental laws into Urdu, especially Pakistan Environment Protection Act, for better understanding, implementation and to reach out to common public. He also urged political parties to come forward and include ecological preservation in their manifestos.
Dr Humaira Ishfaq, compiler of the book, speaking on the occasion said, the articles were carefully selected so that the publication would herald diverse avenues for debate, action and positive intervention in the society.