EPA Punjab launches comprehensive Earth Day 2024 campaign

The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Punjab has started a province-wide initiative on the occasion of ‘Earth Day 2024’ on April 22.

In a determined effort to instill environmental awareness among the people, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) Punjab has started a province-wide initiative on the occasion of ‘Earth Day 2024’ on April 22.

On the orders of Director General Imran Hamid, EPA Punjab will celebrate Earth Day in all districts of Punjab. A series of seminars and awareness sessions are planned at educational institutions, industrial areas and district environmental offices across the province.

Director General Imran Hamid emphasized the importance of cultivating organizational and leadership skills among students, emphasizing that these activities embody the essence of Earth Day. He underlined the need to educate the youth about the utmost importance of environmental management.

The festivities are set to feature outdoor performances and activities complemented by strategically placed banners and banners with poignant messages aimed at raising awareness among the masses. Following this year’s theme, “Planet vs Plastics”, a large-scale campaign will be launched across Punjab to address proper management of plastic waste.

DG Imran Hamid explained that a comprehensive approach will be taken, covering everything from polyethylene bags to solid plastic waste. Violators who flout regulations regarding the use of polyethylene bags face strict action, including heavy fines.

In addition, a joint effort with public-private partnerships will be encouraged to promote innovative plastic recycling methods. NGOs and industry stakeholders are poised to play a central role in this endeavor.

Imran Hamid highlighted the crucial role of environmental officials in the district and emphasized their responsibility in ensuring proper disposal of plastic waste within industrial areas. Strict enforcement action will be taken against industries that violate plastic waste management regulations.

In a bid to curb plastic pollution in waterways, all relevant agencies have been tasked with clearing canals and drains of plastic waste. Moreover, solid waste management companies have been directed to crack down on individuals who resort to burning plastic waste.

The beginnings of Earth Day date back to April 22, 1970, pioneered by Senator Gaylord Nelson. The annual event serves as a rallying cry for ecological conservation and underlines the need to promote respect for life on this planet. It has played a crucial role in raising global awareness of the burgeoning crises of air, water and soil pollution.

As the world unites to celebrate Earth Day 2024, EPA Punjab is at the forefront of the fight for environmental sustainability, pledging to champion the cause of protecting the planet and advocating for a greener, more sustainable future.