A number of serious environmental problems are inherent in the 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 natural limited resources that are available to the people. 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 to expand Environmental Education in Pakistan. Green Living Association was formed in 2007 by the UN qualified Human Rights and Environmental Conservation activists with a spirit to develop Pakistani nation as a unified, responsible and environmental friendly citizens. GLA is part of Green Living initiatives worldwide and is partner of the Cleanup the World and United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).
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 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 harmonised and peaceful society.
- Second, this 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.
Green Living Association imparts modern Environmental Education especially to the schools’ students and generally to all segments of society by arranging innovative, colourful and interactive activities. The focus of our campaigns and activities is to inspire each member of the society to contribute his/ her part in the process of pollution check, effective waste management and energy conservation in order to make an Environment Friendly Pakistan. We call each Green Angel (the participating student of the activity) a winner by offering him/ her at least one recognition. Besides presenting the prizes like the abroad study trips, lucrative cash prizes, laptops, desktop computers, LED Monitors, smart mobiles and other attractive gifts to the prominent performers, GLA offers recognition to each and every participant of the environmental activity.
GLA is successfully striving to achieve the set objectives of Environmental Education with active and heartfelt participation by the Green Partner Schools in our green projects and activities. We should be proud of our achievements in environmental education to date. The dedication goes to our committed Green Partner Schools and their Campuses for their commendable spirit in making an Environment Friendly Pakistan. No doubt there is a tremendous wealth of talent, experience and commitment in Pakistani nation to be drawn upon in developing solutions to local environmental problems. Under a methodical plan of action GLA successfully achieved the objectives of its first five yearly – theoretical campaign – ‘Green Concepts' (2007-11) and then launched the next five yearly – practical campaign -‘Green Ways’ in 2012 which has successfully accomplished in March 2017.
GLA targeted to increase the number of partner families from 100,000 in year 2014 to 200,000 in year 2016 and successfully achieved the target through active and enthusiastic participation of the Green Partner Schools.
Let's join hands and contribute as much as possible in developing a unified, peaceful and environment friendly Pakistani society. Together we share vision, hope, and action to make an Environmental Friendly Pakistan and thereby a more beautiful planet.