PESHAWAR: Like other parts of the world and Pakistan a walk was also held at the University of Peshawar (UoP) on Friday to express solidarity with the Global Climate Strike.

The Climate Strike Day rallies were held simultaneously in 31 cities of the country to create awareness about climate change and prepare the youth about swift changes in global climate. The event was organised by the Environment Society which was participated by students, teachers and activists of Islamic Relief Pakistan and the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in large number.

Participants of the walk were holding banners and placards to express concern over climate change. The walk led by Assistant Professor Dr Asif Khan started form PUTA Chowk and ended at Convocation Hall of the university.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Asif Khan Khattak said the purpose of the rally was to become part of the Global Climate Strike and create awareness among the people about importance of keeping the environment clean and inform them about global efforts in this regard.

Chairman Department of Environmental Sciences Professor Dr Hizbullah Khan in his speech talked about scientific ways through which global warming can be reduced. He said climate change has become a science now, therefore, the university’s research activities must be modified accordingly. He said the Ministry of Science and Technology and Higher Education Commission (HEC) had to play crucial role in this regard. He said the scientific approaches had limitations and, therefore, the world is now focusing on adaptation to climate change.

Former chairman of the Department of Environmental Sciences Professor Dr Shafiqur Rehman said agricultural yields have been impacted on the global level due to climate change and threat of natural disasters has increased. He said global warming is causing abrupt changes in weather conditions. He said climate change is a global concern and everyone has equal responsibility to work for reducing its impacts. He said Global Climate Strike that started from Sweden and rapidly spread out around the globe. Prof Shafiqur Rehman said awareness about the issue, efficient policy-making and right use of technology can ensure survival of human being on the earth.