On April 22, 2011, the World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF) and the U.S. Embassy marked the 41st commemoration of Earth Day with activities to clean up Trail 5 at Margalla Hills in Islamabad.
Over 50 Pakistani youth, including students from the Embassy's English-language ACCESS Microscholarship program, picked up trash and rehabilitated trees along Trail 5 as part of Earth Day celebrations. Against the backdrop of this year's theme, "A Billion Acts of Green," these green activities served to raise awareness about protecting the environment and the proper disposal of trash.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Dr. Marilyn Wyatt, wife of Ambassador Munter, said, "Earth Day is now recognized by the United Nations and observed each year by more than 500 million people in 175 countries. It's the day on which we generate as many environmentally friendly actions as possible, to show that we understand our responsibility for creating a cleaner and safer environment in our communities." Dr. Wyatt noted that Pakistanis and Americans both pride themselves on the natural beauty of their countries and they can help make the environment cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable for future generations.
Mr. Syed Mujtaba Hussain, Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Environment, Mr. Imitiaz Inayat Elahi, Chairman of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), and other officials from WWF and the U.S. Embassy also participated.
Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22 and marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern U.S. environmental movement in 1970. Over the last 40 years, countries celebrate Earth Day with green activities that promote a healthy, sustainable environment and raise environmental awareness.