Target: Mamnoon Hussain, President of Pakistan
Goal: Encourage Pakistan’s government to prevent deforestation and protect the country’s dwindling forests
Pakistan’s forests have been neglected for far too long, and deforestation issues have historically received only weak protections. However, government groups have begun to take forestry more seriously, and environmental groups are discussing a new forest strategy for the country.
To commemorate the International Day of Forests, National Assembly Member Marriyum Aurangzeb recently spoke at a seminar organized by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute and the government’s Climate Change Division. She said that a ten-member Pakistan Environmental Council will begin discussing and developing a strategy to take on forestry issues. Aurangzeb emphasized the need for a stronger forestry advocacy campaign, saying, “Such forums can help use indigenous knowledge to solve issues of food security, disaster risk management and combating climate change.” The trees in forests store carbon, which is the main gas that contributes to global warming.
Sign the below petition to urge Pakistan’s government to put the $3.8 million World Bank grant that it recently won to use saving the country’s dwindling forests. Encourage the government to take a more active role protecting its natural resources and appoint official institutions to monitor the activity in Pakistan’s forests. Deforestation can be controlled and limited by creating social awareness in Pakistan and throughout the world.
Dear President Hussain,
As you know, Pakistan has a wealth of natural resources, but they need your protection to survive and thrive for the future. Pakistan’s forests have been neglected far too long, and now is the time to take an active role in environmental conservation. The trees in forests that are being cut down store carbon, which is the greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. Not only do you have a responsibility to the people of your country, but also to the rest of the world to curb your contributions to climate change.
I am urging you to work with the Global Climate Summit, the Sustainable Development Policy Institute, Pakistan’s Climate Change Division, and other environmental advocacy groups to devise a solution to curb deforestation in Pakistan. Please make use of the $3.8 million grant that your country received from the World Bank to participate in the United Nations Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation Plus program. Please also develop a stronger advocacy campaign to protect forests in your country and encourage young people to get involved and take a stand for the environment.
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