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Islamabad April 21 (TNS): Federal Minister for Climate Change Mushahidullah Khan has stressed the need to safeguard natural resources for human well-being.

“Plastic pollution is poisoning our oceans and land, injuring marine life, and affecting our health,” he said in a message on Earth Day. The Earth Day is observed on April 22 every year. This year’s global theme is “End Plastic Pollution”.

The federal minister said that our lives depend on biological diversity, species and ecosystems are disappearing at an unsustainable rate and we humans are responsible. He further said that “we stand to lose a wide variety of environmental goods and services that we take for granted”.

He also highlighted that with present approach to development, we have caused the clearing of much of the original forest, drained half of the world’s wetlands, depleted three-quarters of all fish stocks, and emitted enough heat-trapping gases to keep our planet warming for centuries to come.

As a result, we are increasingly risking the loss of the very foundation of our own survival. The variety of life on our planet gives us our food, clothes, fuel, medicine and much, much more, he said.

He urged this day is an opportunity to stress the importance of natural resources for human well-being, reflect on our achievements to safeguard it. Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics.