Billion tree tsunami helpful to beat global environmental targets


ISLAMABAD, Sep 14 (APP):Prime Minister Imran Khan’s ’10 Billion Tree Tsunami’ has put Pakistan in the spotlight for climate change activists, geologists and environmentalists in the world which claim that it would be helpful for the country to beat global environmental challenges.
Talking to APP, Dr. Fatima Anwar a senior professor and researcher on Climate Change on Friday said, “Pakistan was far behind on its Sustainable developmental goals (SDG) achievement but after PM Imran Khan’s Billion tree initiative, it will complete and surpass five SDG’s way before 2025”.
“Pakistan is moving up the Environmental Representation Index (EPI) 2017 of the U.S. Universities of Columbia and Yale, it is remarkable to see Pakistan of all countries advancing in environmental protection through such policies.” she said.
“Through such a plantation drive we will ensure Sustainable development for many generations to come and will overcome drastic climate changes” she added.
She believed that the project if fully implemented in time will hold great economic and environmental benefits for the country and the 0.5million jobs estimated will be easily generated. A green Pakistan would be a healthy and wealthy Pakistan, she added.
Prime Minister Imran Khan launched a countrywide drive to plant 10 billion trees across the country within five years.
“This is crucial for the generations to come. This is the fight for life and death,” he claimed.
This policy has gathered a lot of attention not only from within the country but also from the international community.
Pakistan is set to implement such policy not only to prevent drastic effects of climate change and global warming but also given a strong example for the world to take such precautions to combat global warming, she informed.
She said it has become a great example for the world as an under developed country is set to accede the Bonn challenge way before the deadline, also being able to implement the Paris agreement has made Pakistan to be an emerging Eco-friendly nation.
“This afforestation campaign will not only improve overall environment, climate change and deforestation but it will also create economic benefits for the economy as it will create jobs and would be benefiting the upcoming generations of the country”, she maintained.
Earlier, Advisor to PM on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam said ‘the government would adopt the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa model to ensure the success of country’s largest ever plantation drive.
He said around 200 plantation distribution centers had been set up to provide saplings to the people free of charge’.