DiploGreen is a community wide collaboration led by Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, United States, with an aim to raise environmental awareness, while maintaining a clean and green Diplomatic Enclave.
DiploGreen’s launch event-a clean up and recycling campaign-also supports Islamabad’s plastic-free campaign, recently announced by the Ministry of Climate Change.
As a first effort under this initiative, employees and volunteers from the Canadian, French, German, Japanese, Dutch, UK and US Missions, joined by numerous other representatives from the diplomatic
community, led a two hour recycling drive and clean up across the Diplomatic Enclave on the morning of Wednesday.
The clean-up and recycling drive was followed by a gathering at the Canadian High Commission, to continue the conversation about environmental awareness at the local, national, and global levels. The gathering also gave participating diplomatic missions, as well as businesses and organizations engaged with the diplomatic community, the opportunity to discuss their respective sustainability pledges in favour of a healthier environment. Under these pledges, new environmental measures may include banning single use plastics, starting a recycling program, committing to reduce energy or water usage, or supporting awareness campaigns.
The Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan Wendy Gilmour said, “ We are all impacted by environmental issues. It is imperative that we continue to work together across geographic and political boundaries to protect our natural surroundings”.