Islamabad - Federal Minister for Climate Change, Senator Mushahid Ullah Khan has said global warming , which has made occurrence of climate change so rapid and weathers unpredictable, is the biggest risk to the sustainability of the life and the intricate ecosystem on earth.

However, there is a pressing need for urgent action to avert looming threats of the destructions to the sustainability of mother earth. The Earth Day is marked on April 22 (today) across the world to highlight its unprecedented significance for the sustainable and healthy survival of every kind of the live.

“Protecting existing forests and growing new ones, conserving water resources, contaminating all kinds of pollutions, controlling land erosion, reducing use of cars and using public transports, making agriculture water-efficient through deployment of modern irrigation technologies and planting water-efficient crop varieties and checking expanding desertification are, among others, are much-needed measures for making mother earth sustainable and liveable,” the federal minister said in a statement issued, particularly in Pakistan’s context, here on Tuesday in connection with the International Mother Earth Day (IMED).

“The Day is also being marked to make the human race be aware about the importance of their planet and the human-induced threats it is faced. The day also demands a united action at local, national, regional and global levels to address these threats for the sake of sustainable survival of humans and other all other kinds of lives,” Mushahid Ullah Khan stressed. The minister said further that the earth is the only planet in the universe where life is possible. It is, however, very essential to maintain the natural assets of the earth to continue the life on the earth. In the rush of the crowd, the most intelligent creature of the Almighty Allah called human is slowly losing its humanity and has forgotten to properly take care of the resource-rich planet that gave it life and started using its resources very ruthlessly and in unsustainable way.  He said that key decisions that lie ahead are not just for world leaders and policymakers, scientists and researchers. “Today, on Mother Earth Day, I urge each of us to be mindful of the impacts, particularly of climate change, our choices have on this planet, and what those impacts will mean for future generations,” he added.

Highlighting Pakistan’s vulnerability to the climate change, Mushahid Ullah Khan said that the country’s environment that include land, forests, waters, glaciers, rivers, sea and air are highly at stake from the climate change.

The country’s underground water resources are fast shrinking, rivers are depleting, glaciers are melting, incidences of land erosion, and landslides continue to show rising trends due to unchecked deforestation, winters are shrinking and summers are expanding as a result of global warming , he counted.