2020(21) Session Events

Earth Day 2021

Earth Day 2021 Webinar

The Environment Society of the University of Peshawar (UoP) organised a webinar on the occasion of Earth Day 2021. This year’s theme for Earth Day 2021 is “Restore Our Earth”. Students, in large numbers, from various disciplines attended the event. This event was registered with EarthDay.Org. The speakers in the webinar were Prof Dr Muhammad Nafees and Dr Asif Khan Khattak.

Prof Dr Muhammad Nafees, who is the Chairman of the Department of Environmental Sciences, gave a presentation on a national perspective and how this contributes to the global efforts. He talked about the legislation which Pakistan has for the protection of our environment. Later, he highlighted the major environmental problems that we are experiencing and how we can find solutions to them. He elaborated the challenges and issues in air quality and water pollution that Pakistan is facing.

In his presentation, Dr Asif Khan Khattak, who is also the Organiser of the Environment Society, gave a historical background to the events of the public environmental movement that led to the first Earth Day being celebrated in 1970 in which 20 million people participated. He explained how the 1968-69 Apollo space missions contributed to the awareness of the global environmental problems. He also shared his personal experiences during a visit in 2018 to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where the students played an important role in the celebrating the first Earth Day. Moreover, he highlighted the Environment Society’s achievement of enabling UoP to be ranked among the top 200 in the world for SDG 13 – Climate Action, according to the THE Global Impact Rankings 2020, through its numerous climate actions over the years. Here is the link to the UoP news:



The webinar presentation by Dr Asif Khan Khattak can be viewed on YouTube on the following link: