KARACHI – The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Pakistan has joined hands with the Indus Motor Company to launch the Toyota School Environment Programme to be held on Sunday, January 22, at the Pakistan Air Force Museum, said a statement issued on Thursday.
“We shall engage students and teachers of private and public schools, colleges and universities in various environment-based competitions, including three-dimensional model making, games and other environmental activities,” said the statement.
The event’s organisers, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Pakistan, estimated that some 25,000 people, comprising mostly families and schoolchildren, attended the event. The event attracted such a large number of people that it caused a traffic gridlock on Karsaz Road and Shahrea Faisal, with many families having to return home as they were unable to enter the museum.
There were 150 stalls set up by schools, universities and commercial entities on the theme of environmental protection, biodiversity and conservation of nature, while different competitions were organized to increase awareness among children and youth about key environmental issues.
There was also an environmental puppet show, live musical performances, a magic show, environmental games and quizzes, a nature-themed art exhibition, and an environmental debate competition.
Among the several engaging activities, the most innovative was the 3D display model competition. Hundreds of students participated in live presentations to the judges and guests, featuring themes such as habitat conservation of endangered species (such as the snow leopard, the green turtle, and the Indus dolphin), water conservation, solid waste management, global warming and climate change, ecotourism, energy conservation, and green architecture. The winning group was presented with shields and certificates.
Marriyum Aurangzeb, Senior Manager, Corporate Relations, WWF – Pakistan said: “since the past 10 years, WWF – Pakistan’s Nature Carnival has been playing its role as a unique endeavor that brings together thousands of people, such as students, families, the corporate sector, the media, government organizations, conservation organizations and general public.
Pervaiz Ghias, who was the guest of honour at the carnival, said that the Toyota Environmental Programme, which was launched in 2011in partnership with WWF – Pakistan, had been implemented in 100 schools, 15 colleges and 10 universities, and has been a huge success.
This Nature Carnival a joint Venture of WWF pakistan and Indus Motor Company will he held in Islamabad too on 26th Feb,2012 for more detail visit WWF pakistan’s Website