ISLAMABAD: Children in Islamabad learnt on Saturday how to reduce their ecological footprints and address climate change during the first Zero-Waste Eco Festival organized by Save the Children.
The international aid organization working for children’s welfare said it seeking to raise awareness among the youngest Pakistanis about climate change.
Home to over 220 million people, Pakistan is responsible for less than 1 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, but is one the nations most affected by disasters driven by the changing climate.
“Although the climate crisis already affects everyone on this planet, it is the lives and futures of our children and youth that will be most affected. That’s why it is so important that they are part of the solution,” Khuram Gondal, Save the Children country director, said during the event.
“We designed this festival to raise awareness amongst the children and youth in an exciting and innovative way,” he added. “The idea was to create an interactive platform for them to share their voices and explore sustainable products, practices and ideas.”
The festival revolved around the principles of “reuse, reduce, recycle” — commonly called by environmentalists as the “three R’s” of waste management to create less damage to the environment.
Reusing involves the repeated use of items which still have usable aspects. Reducing means choosing to use things with care to reduce the amount of waste generated. Recycling means the use of waste as resources.
Children engaged in interactive workshops on composting food waste into fertilizer, planting seeds and growing their own gardens, as well as creating their self-care products from natural materials.
They also participated in study circles on renewable alternative energy solutions, green tourism, as well as the water crisis and water management.