Climate Change

Climate change to a developing country Is like a Russian proverb which translation is “Trouble never comes alone” Already a political prone area swinging between poverty and unemployment Pakistan has been ranked as a seventh most vulnerable country prone to climate change effects and disasters, according to climate risk index 2018.

Series of disastrous events form last twenty years engulfed almost 11,000 lives and almost USD 4 billion economy loses. This is the figure that is being marked but there is much to be considered in the terms of agricultural and vegetation lose and list goes long …

Pakistan like other developing countries is suffering for the sins of others with the carbon emission 0.48 percent in comparison to the 29.51, 14.34, 6.81 percent of China, United state of America and India respectively. According to this ratio, Pakistan is the least contributor to carbon emission. Although, some are of the view that Pakistan can earn and earned a lot by Carbon trading but is that little is enough to mitigate and adapt climate change effects? The answer would be absolute NO! a big NO!

Considering all above facts, one can conclude the discussion that Pakistan is suffering because of others but is this isn’t a lame excuse to go with? One can’t deny the fact but on the other hand what we are doing to drag ourselves out of it. Is our Climate Change Policy is effectively implementing by concern organizations? Do we have a collaborative mechanism pool in our strengths collectively with Government and civil sector organizations?

Although, Trump policies came up with a huge cut in financing in development sector especially on climate change issues hope is still there. At least Pakistan can do much considering allocated resources in mass sensitization on Climate Change Adaptation and mitigation measures. Little investment of government in renewable energy like Hydro, Biomass, Solar and wind energy can make a remarkable change to Pakistan’s economy. Furthermore, coordination between intergovernmental departments and CSOs is the call of time to come up with effective and sustainable solution to the problem and to avoid overlapping roles and responsibilities of each.

 

Climate Change: A Real Threat for Pakistan

In recent decades, Pakistan has faced extreme weather conditions such as floods, droughts, and cyclones that have killed and displaced thousands of people destroyed their livelihoods and damaged local infrastructure. For instance, the flood of 2010 killed 1600 people and the heat wave in Karachi during the month of June 2015 led to the death of more than 1200. These extreme weather events are a stark reminder that Pakistan is most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

According to global climate risk index 2018 reported by German watch, Pakistan is the seventh most vulnerable country to climate change. This means that these natural hazards will only increase in frequency and severity in the upcoming decades.

The government of Pakistan has formulated various climate change policies and acts to tackle climate change threat, but their implementation remains a question. According to Zahid Hamid, Climate Change Minister of Pakistan, the government needs to implement climate change policy and projects that boost Pakistan’s climate resilience, set up early warning systems, and protect lives and livelihoods of people, through consultation and understanding with all the provincial units.

In this scenario, local communities and stakeholders should also be empowered so that they can participate actively in vulnerability assessment and implementation of adaptation and mitigation projects. Their inclusion will offer diverse perspectives and solutions along with an increase in a number of supporters and active participants in the climate change dialogue.

When it comes to the threat of climate change, all of us must do our part. We not only have a responsibility to reduce our individual carbon footprints by reforming our lifestyles but we also need to get involved at the community level to promote awareness. We need to take proactive action and make efforts to green our neighborhood, adopt environment-friendly practices, get involved in environmental protection programs, and support governmental actions on climate change. By joining hands and acting locally, we can effectively address the threat of climate change.