Communication for Safe Environment’s Mission:
“To Raise awareness of environmental issues and build consensus on mitigating loss of natural resources.”
Environmental degradation directly attacks quality of life. It causes multiple diseases, reduces life expectancy and above all it is changing climatic conditions that in turn cause floods, cyclones, typhoons and other natural disasters. Continuous rise in world temperature is making summers unbearable for the world poor. Emission of smoke & greenhouse gases by transport & industry, poisonous pesticides & fertilizers used for agriculture and multiple toxic wastes of industry are major contributors to environmental degradation. Pakistan is ranked at 15th in Asian countries with pollution index of 77.85. In 2016 Lahore was ranked as second highest smog filled city in world. After every a few years natural disasters kill thousands of human and animals in Pakistan. Every year, drought kills hundreds of human and animals in Thar and Baluchistan.
AID believes that development initiatives are only fruitful if those contribute positively to environment. AID promotes public voices for clean air, absence of toxics in industrial waste and rebuilding environment by:
- Networking and capacity building of stakeholders for monitoring and reporting of environmental issues;
- Building capacity of civil society organizations in running advocacy campaign for clean environment;
- Educating youth, local communities and industrial workers on degradation factors and mitigation techniques
- Preparing youth for taking action to rebuild environment
1: Consensus Building on Environmental Degradation in District Sialkot
The project raised awareness and knowledge on environmental issues and losses being caused by leather tanneries through seminars, awareness workshops, and lectures at educational institutions on the problem and its implications and dissemination of information material in proposed project area. Four seminars were held in two tehsils, Sambrial and Sialkot on existing situation of tannery wastes, their effects on local communities. The project involved youth as volunteers and from various affected localities and built their capacity on monitoring ambient air standards.