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Calling all environmentally conscious people in Karachi to an evening of casual, friendly social gathering of like-minded people at T2F (The Second Floor) to share ideas about sustainability and green living.

Every month, people who are interested and work in the environmental field meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. The idea is to bring them together once a month and enable them to start sharing perspectives on some of the most pressing issues of the day. But Green Drinks is not just an event for knowledge sharing; it’s an opportunity to engage with people and make contacts, it’s a community to get inspiration and enthusiasm from, and it’s a collaborative effort that aspire change.

If you are interested or simply have a curiosity about environmental issues (energy, climate change, sustainability, green economy), then please come to our monthly Green Drinks gathering in Karachi at T2F.  

Details about the next Green Drinks session:

Date & Time: March 21, 2012 at 06:30 PM onwards

Venue: T2F (The Second Floor), 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA

Why: To learn, network, make contacts, and have fun.

Join: Sign up to our mailing list Green Drinks Karachi. We do not share any contact info with third parties. This list is solely to send reminders about Green Drinks gatherings and to RSVP.

More Info: For more information, please contact us at greendrinkskarachi@gmail.com

Dr. Parvez Hassan, Chairman of the Mediation Committee, wrote the following letter to the Editor of Dawn. The letter hasn’t been published yet, but is a strong statement from the Supreme Court appointee on the behavior of the Government of Punjab in implementing the recommendations of the Mediation Committee. I attached the letter below:

“I have this week found that the Government of Punjab has started cutting trees on the Lahore Canal Road. This is being ostensibly done under the landmark judgment of the Supreme Court announced last week. The Supreme Court has, in this judgment, graciously accepted all the recommendations of the Mediation Committee that I had constituted on my appointment as Mediator by the Chief Justice of Pakistan. We had made 18 recommendations, all as a holistic package, and had suggested that all these be implemented, in letter and spirit, through a detailed and co-ordinated work plan, as a “compact” of the Government of the Punjab with the city and residents of Lahore. Rather than proceed with indecent haste to start cutting the trees, the Government of the Punjab should have first prepared the comprehensive action plan directed by the Supreme Court to be submitted to the Registrar of the
Supreme Court within six weeks of the judgment. The Mediation Committee had specifically recommended against cherry-picking from amongst its 18 recommendations and it appears that the Government of the Punjab is doing
precisely that by proceeding with the cutting of the trees without, to indicate only one other recommendation, declaring the Lahore Canal Corridor as an urban heritage park. I urge the Punjab Government to present an
integrated implementation plan of the 18 directions of the Supreme Court before arbitrarily start acting on only one direction of the Supreme Court.”

The action by the Punjab Government is unacceptable and a mockery of the democratic system. Lahore Bachao is a group of concerned citizens of Lahore who are deeply invested in the future of the city for all citizens. The recent actions by the government to commence the cutting of trees is an insult to the supreme court, Lahore Bachao and the citizens of Lahore. Not to mention these actions are in breach of the supreme court ruling to implement a complete action plan for the canal.

Today more than ever this message goes out to the hearts of every one in Pakistan and citizens of the world over. In light of the escalating violence, the great unraveling of civil liberties and suffocating inequalities, let us take pause for a moment. This speech will stir something within you.

This epic speech was filmed in 1940 by Charlie Chapin as a satire against Nazi Germany. The film caused a huge stir, and some say that the public outcry from this video helped push the US to join the war against Nazi Germany.

I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an Emperor – that’s not my business – I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that. We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery.

We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone.

The humility and humble introduction is literally spine tingling, and begs the question, in our lifetime ha there been anyone in such a power position that would renounce that power for the good of humankind? Chapin then goes on to comment about the state of the world in which we live:

We have developed speed but we have shut ourselves in: machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical, our cleverness hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little: More than machinery we need humanity; More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.

Was Chaplin ever right about that, and to think that 71 years has passed and still, still we are left wanting.

 

Happy Birthday Pakistan!

From all of us at PSN, we hope you have a wonderful day of celebration.

We know there is a lot to be done to make our country great, but it all starts with love, and we are all great at showing love on 14th August! Lets fuel our passion for our great country by contributing to great things that build our nation.

Our friends in Karachi are organizing a Pot-hole filling event to help raise awareness about the need for citizens to be involved in the development of their communities. So if you are in Karachi do join the fun!

Also, across Pakistan (and now Jordan) people are making a pledge for compassion. See what they have been up to and make a pledge today. For one simple action can truly make a difference.

Remember, in Pakistan everyday can be GREEN.

Today, my world, my choice! Lahore launched its mentor application package.

my world, my choice! is an international sustainability training program being facilitated by AIESEC Lahore

what is the my world, my choice! program?

Taking its roots in India and Canada, my world, my choice! program in association with AIESEC comes to Lahore this fall. Our goal is to engage students to make sustainable choices that benefit our environment and economy, our communities and our world.  By going into both public and private schools and teaching students about sustainability, we will empower them with the knowledge they need to contribute to their own school’s sustainability and become leaders in the future.

what is your role?

As a mentor, you are responsible for making the my world, my choice! program happen. You are the face, inspiration and role model for the students we will be running the program for.  You will deliver a presentation on sustainability to a classroom, conduct simulations and work with a team of students from that classroom to develop a sustainability project for their school.

what is in it for you?

You will be trained about sustainability and gain an awareness of how we make an impact on our world, and how our choices shape our future.  You will be empowered with knowledge to share with your students, your friends, your families, and your communities. You will be working alongside international trainees and professionals from Kraft Foods, UFONE and Pakistan Sustainability Network (PSN), who share your enthusiasm to make a difference in this world. And most of all, you will have a great time doing it.

who is eligible?

We are looking for energetic professionals and college/university students aged 19+, with an interest in learning more about sustainability. No previous experience is necessary. Mentors are required to strictly commit to the dates of the program as well as allow a police information check in order to work within the schools.

what is the commitment?

  • Program duration: 16th September to 6th November (TENTATIVE DATES)
  • Training:  4 hour sustainability mentor training
  • Presentation: 90 minute presentation to introduce sustainability to the students
  • Simulations: 4 hour sustainability simulation workshop with your students
  • Project work: 1 hour once a week to coach your students project development
  • Awards Night: 3 hour event where students will present their projects to the community and be recognized by professionals in the field of sustainability

Download the application here
Deadline is August 15th!


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