With the aim to support ‘Clean Green Pakistan’ campaign, the UOL’s Safe Society in collaboration with Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) arranged a tree plantation activity titled “Plant for Pakistan” at the Greater Iqbal Park on November 14, 2020.
The tree planting exercise was held at a time when the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Lahore by the beginning of November 2020 had passed over 300. The situation was hazardous for human health and tree planting appeared to be the best recommended solution to counter such menacing air pollution.
Mr. Hafiz Abrar Ahmed (Assistant Director Horticulture, Greater Iqbal Park) and Mr. Qazi Zafar (Supervisor, Canal Road) welcomed the Safe Society team. Mr. Umer Khan (President, SAFE Society) initiated this activity by planting first tree “Arjun” followed by the core team and other members who planted trees individually.
Mr. Ahmed and Mr. Zafar appreciated Safe Society for organizing this productive drive and encouraged the participants to perform such eco-friendly activities from time to time. Mr. Khan, Ms. Meerab Tariq (Vice President) and Ms. Nimra Ghazanfar (Joint Secretary) thanked Mr. Ahmed and Mr. Zafar for allotting the space for planting the trees near Minar-e-Pakistan and Lahore Fort and also presented souvenirs to them.
While sharing his views about the importance of plantation drive, Mr. Khan said, “Planting of trees is a positive way of giving back to the mother Earth. We are currently grappling with environmental challenges like climate change and smog but plants are helpful in filtering the air”.