By Mome Saleem
Drought in the countryside, heat waves in cities followed by floods – extreme weather conditions highlight the climate change in Pakistan. Sometimes, people lose their livestock due to persistent drought, then fields and cities flood due to heavy rainfall. Pakistan struggles with extreme weather as a result of the climate change.
Coupled with deforestation, pollution, and urban growth, Pakistan’s situation is worsening. But “the country sees itself as a victim of climate change, not as a cause,” writes Mome Saleem, so that environmental issues are mostly treated as secondary by the state. Since 2018, however, institutional measures have been in place to deal more with the issue and put climate change on the agenda, including addressing the energy transition and the green economy.For some time now, initiatives such as “Billion Tree Tsunami” have been committed to ecosystem regeneration with reforestation, or “Recharge Pakistan“, which is concerned with flood risk management, where “excess water is reused for groundwater recharge and wetland restoration.”
In the scientific field, resources are scarce, although they would be important for better analysis. Hope is brought by the large percentage of young people involved in so-called “Green Youth Movement Clubs” at many universities.
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Published on June 3, 2022.
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