GILGIT: The Karakoram International University (KIU) on Friday organised a tree plantation drive and a function to mark the International Earth Day 2021.

The department of forestry, range and wildlife management in collaboration with Serena Hotel organised the function at the main campus in Gilgit to showcase actions supporting this year’s theme of the Earth Day, ‘Restore our Earth’.

Under the slogan of ‘Adopt a Tree’, the students of the university also organised a plantation drive.

Dr Zafar Khan, head of the department, welcomed the participants and said the Earth Day was the largest civic observance marked by more than a billion people in 192 countries across the world. By commemorating this event the students of KIU also showed their commitment to restoration of the planet earth and its resources, he added.

KIU Vice-Chancellor Prof Attaullah Shah urged the participants to promote wise use of the earth and its natural resources. “Earth is not a single object, it includes the physical, biological as well as social spheres that interact to sustain life supporting processes, and it is our moral obligation to be kind with the earth and its components,” he remarked.

Published in Dawn, April 24th, 2021

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