Did you ever notice the
layer of smog, dust and smoke that hangs above Karachi? Or the smell of gasoline
that permeates the air? The level of air pollution in Pakistan's two largest
cities, Karachi and Lahore, is estimated to be 20 times higher than World Health
Organization standards. Islamabad, the capital, is perpetually smothered by
a thick cloud of
Smog that hides views of the Margalla Hills that tower over the city's tree-lined
Yes, pollution is alive
and well in Pakistan. Whether it's from cars, factories or other sources, Pakistanis
are regularly breathing in pollution.
Sadly, few know about its
disastrous effects on their and their children's health. At the least, pollution
causes coughing, sore throat and nasal discharge. At the worst it leads to asthma,
tumors, lung damage and death.
You can start the fight
against pollution by working to educate Pakistanis about pollution: its description,
causes and effects, and what they can do about it.
Begin by studying the material
available in America about pollution. The internet is the best place to start.
There are numerous environmental organizations in the US and abroad that have
excellent websites about ecology and pollution. Check out what information they
have available about pollution. Look for articles that explain pollution in
a straightforward manner.
Do the same thing with organizations
not on the web. Find out if they have free pamphlets or booklets about pollution
and its effects on health, as well as what citizens can do about it.
Once you've gathered all
of the material that you feel will help Pakistanis abroad deal with pollution,
get the permission of the publishers or writers to get the literature translated
into Urdu. This should not be a problem, but it is still important to check
if the work is copyrighted.
Get the articles translated
into Urdu. If you have some funds, get a professional translator or translators
to do it. Make sure to give them a deadline so that they finish the job quickly
and you can get the material printed.
Printing requires some funding.
If the burden is too much for you, then collect donations from family, friends
and Pakistani-American businesses to cover the costs. Make sure you send a thank
you note along with a complimentary copy of the pamphlets to them to show that
their money was used properly.
Now it's time to send the
material to Pakistan. Distribute it amongst family and friends. Also, give it
to a couple of newspapers in Pakistan so that they can publish it for the benefit
of their audience.
Also on your next trip to
Pakistan, find out how the issue of pollution and environmental issues in general
are discussed in elementary and junior high schools in your city. Talk to both
students and teachers. Show them examples of how ecology and environmentalism
are taught in America, such as through textbooks, films and class projects.
When you go back to America, make a point of translating this kind of information
as well and send it to interested teachers in Pakistan.
Another way you can help
is by developing articles for visitors to Pakistan. The subject: how a visitor
to the country can keep him or herself healthy and safe from the effects of
pollution while visiting.
Developing a website about
pollution in Pakistan is also a wonderful way to educate others about this topic.
In addition, because it will reach Pakistanis all around the world, it may inspire
others to do something to fight pollution in Pakistan as well. Your site should
include your translated pamphlets, information about what people can do about
pollution in Pakistan and statistics. Also, add links to sites that discuss
Finally, try to target industries
in Pakistan who you think are the number one polluters in Pakistan. Start a
campaign in Pakistan's newspapers and on your website of making them responsible
for it, exposing them and encouraging them to adopt certain measures. By the
same token appreciate those industries that do try to adopt practices to avoid
Date/Time Last Modified: 6/17/2002 3:48:04 PM
Ahmer: 1/15/2006 10:39:35 PM
Government should take immediate action to cut down the pollution in Karachi. Because it is killing us.
M.NADEEM KHAN: 1/16/2006 10:55:02 PM
being a student of english literature and having study of lot of literature and books concern the history, development , progress and success of a nation,i wana say that this artical is a nice effort but we have to consider that whats the education rate is in pakistan n how much people aware about pollution?
like fightpollution we have to start a fight against illiteracy coz according to my observation if the education rate better than it is easy to fight against pollution of all sort.
anyway it is nice effort that should continue.
Muhammad Saleem: 5/15/2006 11:34:05 AM
I was in Pakistan last week there was a campain on pollution, the city govt wanted to inspect all vehicles, the buses went on strike, I dont know what happened next ,I live in Vancouver, thanks to everyone for their efforts and time, May Allah reward you all -
I will be willing to help personally and financially, but the busy life will not allow much time, thus I need someone to design and prepare the pamphalte proof and I will get them published - we all will share the reward-
seema: 8/4/2006 11:58:14 AM
All of these suggestions are really good, but unless the people of Pakistan aren't educated about the causes and effects of pollution, their lives will continue to be in jeopardy. I am aware of the fact that Pakistan has a low literacy rate, by raising this rate, it'll be easier to educate them on pollution and its effects. good luck with everything =)
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