A number of serious environmental problems are inherent in Pakistan, which are of great ecological concern in terms of its sustainable economic future. These include soil erosion, pesticide misuse, deforestation, desertification, urban pollution, waterlogging, salinity, freshwater pollution and marine water pollution, just to name a few. The major constraint to overcoming these problems, in-fact perhaps the main contributor to their intensity is alarming rate of population growth, which is very high in contrast to the limited available natural resources. The most critical of all is the increasing sense of differentiation and disorientation among the citizens on ethnic, regional, sectarian and linguistic grounds.
Green Living Association
Green Living Association (GLA) is a non-governmental, non-profit and not-for-funding (self relined) organization working in partnership with the Cleanup the World and United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP). GLA is working to raise awareness about Environmental Conservation and to extend practical Environmental Education to all societal segments in Pakistan. Green Living Association was formed in 2007 as a research based initiative to educate people about Environmental Conservation by involving them to innovative and inspirational practical activities. The focus of Green Living Association is to provide practical and theoretical environmental education to the students and their families to develop among them the spirit to contribute their times and energies in making a unified and environment friendly Pakistani society.
The objective of developing a unified and environment friendly nation is not a simple one; it requires a research based road map to prescribe how we should proceed. In the specific Pakistani circumstances of differentiation and disorientation it requires fundamental changes in human attitudes and behaviour. Progress in this direction is thus critically dependent on focused education and public awareness. GLA is successfully making positive developments in the society under a focused, innovative and research based practical education plan for the schools’ students and their families. The unique environmental plan was established on the basis of the following findings:
- First, our society urgently requires new kind of education that can help prevent environmental degradation, and that should also foster caring and passionate mutual relations genuinely concerned with and capable of contributing to a harmonized, patriotic and environment friendly society.
- Second, these new kind of education must be available to all – not only a handful of people – and take place in various settings, including schools, families and communities.
- Third, it must begin in early childhood, as the values, attitudes, behaviours and skills acquired in this period may have a long-lasting impact in later life.
Thus, early childhood education continued to the higher grades and involvement of parents and families into it clearly has an important place in GLA’s efforts to bring about positive development in our society for a harmonized and environment friendly nation.
The focus of Green Living Association is to provide practical environmental education to all segments of society through schools’ students in bringing Environmental Conservation to their lives and lifestyles by developing among them spirit to contribute their times and energies in making an environment friendly society. Under its first 5-yearly campaign ‘Kids’ Action to Restore Environment’ (KARE 2007-11) GLA reached to 75,000 families in Pakistan in association with our Green Partner schools. Under its second 5-yearly practical campaign ‘Collective Action to Restore Environment’ (CARE 2012-16) GLA successfully extended the figure to well above 200,000 families across the nation. Under its third 5-yearly campaign ‘Collective Action to control Climate Change’ (CATCH 2017-21) GLA raised awareness in the society to address the global phenomenon of Climate Change as a unified human action.
In 2022, GLA launched its fourth 5-yearly campaign ‘Post COVID Climate’ to bring greener developments into human lives based on lessons learned from the global pandemic. As we are close to successfully defeating the pandemic as a global humanity, we must take the lessons learned from COVID-19 as guidelines to create a greener future for ourselves and generations to come. In this campaign, we plan innovative practical activities for participants to bring revolutionary ecological changes in their lifestyles to successfully address the phenomenon of Climate Change.
Let’s join hands and contribute our parts in making an environment friendly Pakistani society and a healthier planet. Together we share vision, hope, and action in transforming this vision into reality.