Islamabad - Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Mushahidullah Khan has said that unsustainable patterns of consumption and production are one of the pre-dominant causes of the persistent deterioration of the environment, which pose a grave risk to the sustainability of the life on earth. “However, we simply cannot afford anymore waste of natural resources at any level as the resources are fast diminishing because of their unsustainable use. Yet, there is still time to transform the challenges of dwindling of the finite natural resources into opportunities, which will boost prosperous economies and a healthy planet for our generations to come,” the minister said in a statement on Thursday in the context of the World Environment Day - 2015.

The Environment Day is marked every year on June 5 across the world, including Pakistan. The theme for this year’s Environment Day is “Seven Billion dreams on Planet, Consume with Care”, which highlights the core idea that personal responsibility each one of us bears for enabling inclusive and sustainable economic development while stabilizing and reducing the rate of resource use.

Mushahidullah Khan highlighted that the goal of sustainable development is to increase the quality of life for all people without increasing environmental degradation and without compromising on the resource needs of future generations. “We can surely do this by shifting our consumption patterns towards goods that use less energy, water and other resources, and by wasting less food,” he argues.

“Today nearly 1.2 billion lack access to electricity, 870 million are malnourished, at least 748 million are without access to clean, safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people still without access to improved sanitation. Land is still being degraded, forests lost and species endangered as uncurbed carbon emissions continue to change the environment we live in,” he highlighted.

Senator Mushahidullah Khan says that when many of us hope to see great advances on sustainable development and climate change, let us celebrate World Environment Day by becoming more conscious and aware of our ecological impacts of our life styles.

“We must think about the environmental consequences of the choices we make. For our future will depend on choices we make today. Let us become better stewards of our planet,” he added.

Mushahidullah Khan said that the present government is seriously committed to protecting environment and take care of its sustainability by all means, he highlighted and insisted that tackling environmental degradation that costs over 4 billion dollars to the national exchequer annually will require collective efforts of civil society and every individual.

“Together we must hammer out action-plans for sustainable consumption of all natural resources, particularly water, soil and forests for it will lead to sustainability of environment for our healthy living on earth,” the federal minister insisted.

He also said that Pakistan is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, particularly floods, cyclones, erratic rains, hailstorms, which can affect our ecosystems, biodiversity, agriculture and marine life. That is why we have put a climate change plan of action in place, to ensure that our environment remains healthy and sustainable for future generations, the minister added.