ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday said the observance of Environment Day each year was a reminder of the obligation of the governments, the people and the communities indeed of every individual to preserve and protect the environment from degradation.

In his message on the World Environment Day to be observed today (Wednesday), he said it might seem paradoxical that in a world where one in every seven people go to bed hungry and more than 20,000 children under the age of 5 die from hunger every day wastage of food is one of the major factors contributing to global environmental degradation.

"It is a reminder to take measures to reverse the present trends and saving our own future and that of our planet.

“It should also serve to remind that issues in environmental degradation transcend beyond national boundaries and concern the whole mankind," he said

"Yet it is a fact. The theme of the Day this year, "Think, Eat, Save" therefore is the most appropriate call to sensitise people to this great paradox that while many go hungry on the one hand nearly 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted annually on the other," President observed. In Pakistan, he said that the issue of food wastage is even of greater relevance.