Message from Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif (Quaid PML-N)
(For Earth Hour- 2011 on 26th March, 2011)
Environmental conservation is a rapidly growing international concern. Pakistan is a signatory to several significant multilateral environmental agreements that focus on a range of environmental problems, from basic biodiversity to the protection of migratory waterfowl and the control of greenhouse gas emissions.
Comprehensive as these international accords are, they most often lack the core motivation that is necessary to function as effective calls to action. Earth Hour, on the other hand, is a global grassroots movement that encourages individuals, private businesses and governments, alike, to take positive action for the environment. In this sense, Earth Hour has become a barometer for the current level of global environmental concern: No less than 128 developing and developed countries participated in Earth Hour 2010. The 2011 promises to be even more popular, continuing to build the collective resolve to tackle the world's most challenging environmental problems.
I urge the people of Pakistan, at all levels, to voluntarily participate in this innovative global initiative and collaborate with other responsible nations. In doing so we will demonstrate that our country reaffirms its wholehearted commitment to the collective resolve of managing Pakistan's many environmental challenges while collaborating actively in similar initiatives in the sub-region and the world at large.