Islamabad, April 22, 2013
Ambassador Richard Olson celebrated Earth Day by visiting 65 Pakistani college students who’re utilizing their creativity to boost environmental consciousness. Ambassador Olson visited the Helen Keller Heart and joined college students from the U.S. Embassy’s English Entry Microscholarship Program and Islamabad’s Directorate of Particular Training and Social Welfare applications to focus on this yr’s Earth Day theme: The Face of Local weather Change. Earth Day, which originated in america in 1970, is now celebrated all over the world each April 22.
“We will every do our half. From recycling to cleansing up our streams, each particular person could make a distinction,” Ambassador Olson mentioned. The Ambassador expressed his admiration for Pakistan’s pure magnificence, and pressured the necessity for conservation. “Pakistan is a spectacular nation with numerous ecosystems and distinctive wildlife, such because the snow leopard. Like Pakistan, the place I name house in america, New Mexico, has a ravishing panorama. And such as you, I care about preserving our surroundings for future generations,” he mentioned.
The USA helps environmental preservation in Pakistan. For instance, a USAID-funded program with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Snow Leopard Belief will enhance cooperation amongst Bhutan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, and Pakistan on snow leopard conservation in Asia’s excessive mountain landscapes. The Ambassador’s Fund in Pakistan additionally helps wildlife conservation tasks in native communities.
Most of the college students who gathered on the Helen Keller Heart on Earth Day are individuals within the U.S. Embassy’s English Entry Microscholarship Program, which offers a basis of English language abilities to proficient 14- to 18-year-olds by means of after-school lessons and intensive summer time studying actions. Pakistan has the world’s largest English Entry Microscholarship Program. Since 2005, america has awarded 10,000 Entry scholarships in 21 cities and villages all through the nation.
The Helen Keller Heart is a public library that was established by means of a partnership between the U.S. Embassy and the Nationwide Library and Useful resource Heart of the Directorate Common of Particular Training and Welfare. It’s one among 15 Lincoln Corners funded by the U.S. Embassy and working with Pakistani companions throughout the nation. Lincoln Corners are a neighborhood useful resource for details about U.S. historical past, tradition, and academic alternatives. Additionally they present venues for dialogue to extend mutual understanding between Pakistan and america.