…one particular event I attended on this day was hosted by Aga Khan University, who set up three different activities for the day. Starting with a community clean up walk in Sultanabad Colony (a katchi abadis of 40,000 inhabitants). 75 students and volunteers (included local schools) showed their support for the event. It was concluded by the colonies Nazim address.
In the afternoon, they invited NGOs such as IUCN, HANDS, AWARE, Shirkat Gah, WWF, EPA and Waste busters to set up stalls and inform people about their environmental contributions. It was really good to see the Windmill set ups and community based arts and crafts amongst others. The also ran an audio/visual presentation featuring epic scenes from our planet.
The concluded the day with a panel discussion including Mr. Asif Farooqui of Waste Busters, Mr Shahid Lutfi, former Director of EPA Sindh and hosted by Dr. Gregory Pappas, chair of CHS. It was an enlightening discussion about the serious issues being faced in the waste sector in terms of Household, and industrial waste. The event had very sound closing comments by the Honourable Secretary of EPA Sindh, Mir Hussain.
The turn out was less than expected at an AKU event, but perhaps that just reflects the lack of interest from many parties to take responsibility for this issue. The good news, is that there are private and public projects underway that are making a difference, but there is much more to go.