Pakistan National Council of the Arts in collaboration with Gogi Studios and the Ministry of Climate Change has organized a book launching ceremony “My Tree Book” along with a Mime & cartoon show at PNCA.
The event was meant to enlighten youth and children about the negative impact of less tree environment on climate resulting in global warming and the importance of trees and forests in controlling the rising temperatures and Glacier Lake outburst flooding. Nigar Nazar, renowned cartoonist and Illustrator has authored this book and lauding her effort, PNCA has organized the book launch ceremony -cum show at PNCA’s Auditorium in collaboration with Gogi Studio and the Ministry of Climate Change.
Zahir Shah, Director General PNCA welcomed the honourable chief guest Malik Amin Aslam, Federal Minister and Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Climate Change, Jaudat Ayaz, Federal Additional Secretary (MOCC) and Project Director (Golf ) and H.E Manuel Duran Ginenze-Rico, Ambassador of Spain Embassy in Pakistan.
He also thanked Nigar Nazar, the first Pakistani female cartoonist to present such an informative book with the interactive style of description and illustration through cartoons which will definitely help and encourage the audience and public to overcome environmental issues. Jaudat Ayaz, Project Director Golf-IN/ Additional Secretary, Ministry of Climate Change while recalling his childhood memories of seeing Gogi on TV and in newspapers told the audience that Gogi was a popular cartoon character in the 1970s & 1980, while going to school and college he eagerly used to see Gogi cartoons on TV and in newspapers.
He also thanked Nigar Nazar to present some information on awareness of Golf issues in her “My Tree Book”. Golf (glacial lake outburst flooding) is a possible hazardous flood in northern areas of Pakistan leading to loss of lives, properties and livelihoods of the communities living in remote and impoverished areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan which can be handled through growing trees in areas besides taking other precautionary measures.
Malik Amin Aslam, chief guest of the ceremony while talking to the audience, highlighted the danger of pollution to the environment by quoting an instance of piling up plastic garbage equivalent to two mountains of K2 which he related with “kooray ka jin” authored by Nigar Nazar in 2002 when he was State Minister for the Ministry of Environment.
He applauded the consistent commitment of Ms. Nigar Nazar to create awareness on social & environmental issues through her comic and record books especially “Garbage Monster/ Kooray ka Jinn” & “My Tree Book” emphasizing on impact of pollution, Golf & global warming on environment and climate and the presenting the ways out to cope up with these issues. PNCA & Gogi Studios also presented “My Tree Book ” through the song “Aik Achai Bhi Achi hai ”, a mime and cartoon show which was highly applauded by the guests and students.
Nigar Nazar while formally launching her book has eagerly and keenly educated students through illustrations to clean the environment, not let the other children and elders throw garbage in public places, grow trees and enjoy a clean and cool environment.
In her record book, “My Tree Book” has illustrated and described the importance of trees in keeping the environment clean, presented information on the process of planting seeds and growing trees, the functions of trees to purify water and pollutants, unique trees in the world and steps taken to cope with Golf through Glog II project which will install automatic weather stations, build structures and plant trees to avoid glacier flooding.
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