Pressing issue: ‘Climate change could prove a nightmare’

Parliamentarians urge need to address climate change issues


Our Correspondent August 16, 2016
Shaikh Alauddin of the PML-N said that Pakistan was greener in 1947 when it was now. “We have to plant at least 2 billion trees to be at the stage we were at in 1947.” PHOTO: INP

LAHORE: “The varying pattern of rainfall each year reminds us that climate change is a reality,” MPA Nabeera Andleeb of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz said on Monday at a session on climate change.

The event was organised by Individualland Pakistan, a research-based firm. The organisation had conducted a quantitative analysis of manifestoes of leading political parties, highlighting their priorities in addressing climate change-related issues.

The facilitators from Individualland Pakistan shared the findings of their analysis with the participants. Several lawmakers and politicians attended the discussion.

According to the results of the researchers’ analysis, the Pakistan Peoples Party was at the top [in their manifesto] in suggesting ways to address climate change-related issues. They were followed by the Pakistan Tehreek-i Insaf and the PML-N came third.

The facilitators discussed the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) at the session. They said since Pakistan was one the signatories to the conventions pertaining to climate change, actions taken by the present government in addressing COP21 related commitments had to be discussed.

Dr Nausheen Hamid of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf said climate change and other environmental issues were not a priority of the present government. “The present regime is focused only on infrastructure development. If the government continues to ignore the issue, it could become a nightmare.”

Shaikh Alauddin of the PML-N said that Pakistan was greener in 1947 when it was now. “We have to plant at least 2 billion trees to be at the stage we were at in 1947.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 17th, 2016.

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