Minister Zartaj Gul announces program to train household women, transgenders to produce eco-friendly bags

The prime minister has also given his approval for ‘Recharge-Pakistan’, a project that will ensure the utilization of floodwater to amplify the fast-depleting aquifer in the country.

Minister of the State for Climate Change Zartaj Gul stated that the ministry of climate change has come up with a program called ‘Green Entrepreneurship’, under which household women and transgenders will be trained to make eco-friendly bags and earn a livelihood.

The people, media, and academia fully supported the ministry’s ban on plastic bags. However, now, a training program, in a partnership with a philanthropist foundation, has been started to train women in making environment-friendly bags.

“The initiative has been taken to promote Green Entrepreneurship in the country, focusing women empowerment”, the minister said.

In the next phase of the program, transgenders would also be trained, so they can earn a livelihood by producing these bags.

MoCC has worked tirelessly to spread awareness:

While talking about BBC’s report about 60% Pakistanis not knowing about climate change, she said that the Ministry of Climate Change had spread a lot of awareness in the first 15 months.

“Prime Minister Imran Khan initiated 10-Billion Tree Tsunami, Clean Green Pakistan, a behavioral change movement and Clean Green Pakistan Index in 19 cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab”, she added.

She said: “the plastic bags ban and electric vehicle policy have initiated a new era of environmental revolution in the country to secure a better future for the future generations,”

‘Recharge-Pakistan’

As per her, the prime minister has given approval for ‘Recharge-Pakistan’, a project that will ensure the utilization of floodwater to amplify the fast-depleting aquifer in the country.

This project is a well-thought initiative under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, which Pakistan had signed for conserving its millions of acres of water, discharged in the ocean yearly.

The minister stated that the wetlands project wasn’t costly and easy to implement. It is the only way out to effectively recharge aquifer (underground water), which was depleting at a fast rate across Pakistan.

“The underground water has depleted below 1200 feet in Balochistan and the project includes setting up special wetlands sites there. The project mainly includes the construction of wetlands at the banks of River Indus, comprising areas of Sindh and Punjab”, Zartaj Gul said.

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