Pakistan Day Celebrations – Mountain Cleanup

Abbottabad: Garbage is very harmful to our environment. It poses dangerous risks to our land water, and air. The influx of people in our mountains has created an adverse impact on the environment. Many people leave all sorts of trash: plastic and glass bottles, paper plates, plastic eating utensils, soiled wet wipes, plastic wrappers, cigarette butts etc. Landfills overfilling with garbage destroy profitable land, and take many years to regain the nutrients and the land destroyed. Sewage water poured into oceans poison fish and other marine wildlife. Emissions that come out of cars limit the amount of air and oxygen we have to breathe. As you can see, garbage is harmful to our environment.

In the observance of Pakistan’s Resolution Day on 23rd March 2016, Initiative for Peace and Development (IPAD) advocate for Leave No Trace ethics in mountaineering by creating awareness regarding climate change, global warming and manmade interventions in the mountain ecosystems and to implemented a Mountain clean-up activity at Shimla Hill Abbottabad KPK from 9am till 12pm, involving students from different colleges and young volunteers across the city to pick up litter, demolish man-made structures, and remove vandalism from trees and other areas. It aimed that when at first volunteers will pick up the trash it will also create an important psychological effect and people will think twice about just dumping their potato chip wrapper the next time they will be walking by.

"If you want to drink clean water and breathe in clean air then to preserve or environment we must all do our share” said Ms. Mishal, Chairperson IPAD.

Organization was over whelmed with the response and assures to keep organizing such activities in future.