ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari said on Sunday that the 'World Earth Day' is a reminder of the responsibility to undertake concerted efforts to preserve the face of the earth from further degradation caused by ruthless manipulation of the ecosystem and assaults on the balancing forces of Nature.In his message on the occasion of World Earth Day to be observed today (Monday), President Zardari said that each year, more than one billion people from all communities participate in Earth Day-related activities to voice their concerns for the planet and renew their commitment to protect the planet from degradation caused by multiple pollutants."I am pleased to learn that Pakistanis would also be joining today the international community in what is largest environmental event in the world," he said and added, "Mother Earth, indeed, has paid a very high price in our relentless pursuit of greater prosperity and socio-economic development. Indeed we have taken far more from this earth than we have returned to it. This has contributed to the phenomenon of climatic change and global warning that has begun to take its toll in the form of recurring droughts, massive food shortages, potential starvation, floods and other natural calamities."The theme of the Day for this year "The Face of Climate Change" highlights the adverse impacts of climate change focusing attention on the need to preserve ecological balance. We all need to join hands in meeting the challenges arising out of the asymmetrical climatic variations and arrest the steep environmental degradation.The President said that the government of Pakistan in response to global ecological challenges has been consistently responding to and collaborating with the international community to protect the planet from any further degradation. The Federal Ministry of Climate Change is mandated to devise policies and plans, among others, for disaster management, environmental protection, protection of forests and wildlife, to address the rising challenge of environmental degradation.A few weeks ago the government of Pakistan launched a National Policy on Climate Change as a major step forward towards the implementation of relevant Rio+20 outcomes, including realising an inclusive Green Economy and sustainable development in Pakistan. With the political commitment supported by institutional mechanism, I am confident that the Government of Pakistan will positively contribute in maintaining ecological balance; hence making this world a safe and pollution free place to live.PM message: Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (retd) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has urged the countrymen to pay due attention in overcoming the climatical and ecological challenges faced by the Mother Earth and make concerted efforts for its preservation, according to APP. The Prime Minister, in his message on the Earth Day being observed across the world on April 22, said that it was their sacred duty to work together in overcoming the challenges posed by the unbalanced climatic discrepancies and seizing the sharp ecological dilapidation.He said that on April 22, billions of people around the world would be observing the International Earth Day, whose main purpose was to reiterate a resolve to protect the mother Earth from the challenges, which had been threatening its existence. “World Earth Day is the biggest environment related event in the world. The day reminds us of our responsibility to take necessary steps for the preservation of its pristine nature and to fight against those elements working towards degradation of its ecosystem,” the PM said. Prime Minister Khoso said that it was heartening that the countrymen would be joining the international community in this mega event. The theme of the Day for this year, “The Face of Climate Change,” highlighted the effects of the climate change on the ecosystem of the earth. The Prime Minister said that it was worth mentioning that Pakistan had already launched national policy on climate change, detailing how it planned to tackle the challenges posed by the global warming, mitigate its risks and adapt key sectors of the country’s economy to cope with its consequences. The policy is a major leap towards the implementation of relevant Rio+20 outcomes, the PM said, adding that the policy, developed with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), recommended some 120 steps the country could take to slow down the impact of global warming, as well as adapt sectors such as energy, transport and agriculture. The Prime Minister further said, “I am confident that with commitment supported by institutional mechanism, the Government of Pakistan will positively contribute in maintaining ecological balance and making this world a safe and pollution free place to live.” He said that he was sure that the Day’s celebration would sensitize people to practically participate for reducing the environmental hazards, posing threat to Mother Earth and make it a safer place to live. Every year, people from around the world representing various communities take part in Earth Day-related activities to voice their concerns for the planet and renew their commitment for protection and preservation of environment.This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 22-Apr-2013 here.