Fishermen collect waste to reuse, rather then fish, in polluted water in Karachi on World Environment Day. The United Nations sponsored annual event aims to create awareness about the state of the Earth’s ecology.
June 5 is observed as World Environment Day in order to create awareness about the state of the earth’s ecology,. Fishermen are collecting waste rather then fish in polluted water, June 5, 2012, Photo by Yasir Kazmi, Karachi, Pakistan.
World Environment Day (WED) is celebrated every year on 5th June to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental action. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
The largest killer of Pakistani men, women and children today is not the war on terror, sectarian violence or western imperial forces. It is impure water. Around 2.5 million Disability Adjusted Life Year are lost annually to hepatitis, typhoid and diarrhoea, all water-borne illnesses. As many as a third of the patients in Pakistani hospitals, today, are there because of impure water. With loss of earnings, time off work, low productivity and associated healthcare infrastructure, the cost of impure water alone comes to 2.8 per cent of GDP. All told, environment degradation such as impure water, polluted air and damaged ecosystems costs of the national exchequer approximately one billion rupees and countless invaluable lives a year.