Regional cooperation: ‘Climate change bigger threat than wars’

Published: July 9, 2011
Planting trees is one such step to curb the adverse effects of climate change. PHOTO: EPA

Planting trees is one such step to curb the adverse effects of climate change. PHOTO: EPA


People in South Asian countries are already experiencing the adverse affects of climate change. Policy making in these countries needs to take into account issues pertaining to natural disasters and climate change so that living conditions do not further deteriorate, Lahore University of Management Sciences vice chancellor Prof Adil Najam said on Friday.

He was speaking at the first day of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders Indo-Pakistan Cooperation Initiative.

He said sustainable development practices should be adopted to ensure that damage from natural disasters was mitigated. He said efficient management of water resources was a prerequisite for avoiding food and energy shortages and disease outbreaks in future.

Referring to a research study, Prof Najam said South Asian countries in the coming days would be threatened more by natural disasters than wars.

Earlier, Malini Mehra, the Centre for Social Markets and YGL chief executive officer in India, said India and Pakistan needed to work together to deal with climate change and natural disasters.

She said the two countries could identify issues that needed mutual cooperation and share information on them so that the security of future generations could be ensured.

The event started with a welcome address by Lums associate professor Dr Umar Saif. Beaconhouse School System CEO Kasim Kasuri then gave a presentation on the young global leaders.

Other speakers on the occasion included World Economic Forum Asia head Sushant Palakhurti Rao, University of Vermont’s Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security director Saleem H Ali, Norwegian Peace-building Resource Centre consultant Michael Renner, Provincial Disaster Management Authority director general Khalid Sherdil, Consortium on Strategic Risk Management for India convener Professor N Vinod Chandra Menon, Journalist and Broadcaster Isabel Hilton, Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, Bangkok, Department of Disaster Risk Management Strategy head Aslam Perwaiz, Journalist Beena Sarwar, Friends of the Earth Middle East’s Yana Walid Abu-Talib and The Express Tribune publisher Bilal Lakhani.

The two-day event is a joint venture of the Pakistan and India chapters of the Young Global Leaders. The two organisations had first come together following last summer’s floods in Pakistan. A follow-up to the current conference would be held in November 2011 at the WEF’s India Economic Summit in Mumbai.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 9th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Jul 9, 2011 - 7:40PM

    Talk about mind job. There are 30,000 scientist claiming against anthropogenic global warming hoax. Yet the creators of carbon tax are flooding the media and science journals with this nonsense.
    This doesn’t mean temperature don’t change globally.
    This doesn’t mean we should waste our resources.
    News on 30,000 suing Al Gore
    Non biased group of scientists Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC)
    It is all to do with taxing carbons. Since we are all carbon based lifeforms just imagine tax on carbon means to us. Tax on everything we do and eat. Just imagine how debilitating it would be.Recommend

  • Kramer
    Jul 10, 2011 - 6:33AM

    @moise such a profound argument against climate change. A remearkable amount of literature exists detailing how excessive carbon emissions cause climate change (and surely not all scientists and academics are with lobbyists or have ulterior motives) and we are all witness to the extremities in our weather system/climate both at home, the direct result being an increase in natural disasters e.g excessive flooding, forest fires etc. As an aside, being a country devoid of an energy plan, we could invest our minds and capital in being at the forefront of Eco friendly power generation benefiting both personally and later economically by offering our expertise to other countries when they realize how important this issue is.


  • Mir Agha
    Jul 10, 2011 - 7:27AM

    Wrong, nothing is going to be worth a damn if south asians keep popping out babies like there’s no tomorrow. It will lead to further environmental damage and food and water shortages. Strict one-child policy Chinky style.


  • Jul 10, 2011 - 9:09PM

    I said anthropogenic, means man has very less to do with this warming.

    Go to site of Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) and inform yourself about the reality.

    I am not against renewable energy, sustainable living and new technology but the anthropogenic debate is led by Government paid scientists. Do you want to pay carbon taxes?


  • Jul 10, 2011 - 9:13PM

    @Mir Agha:
    This is Oligarchical thinking goes long back. Know Trojan Wars? According to Oligarchs, Zeus believed that there were too many people populating the earth, he envisioned Momus or Themis, who was to use the Trojan War as a means to depopulate the Earth, especially of his demigod descendants.

    Please leave this Malthusian dogma out of our country. This planet can house people beyond 30 billion. If area is problem, current population of 6.5 billion can be squeezed in area size of Texas with population density of Manhattan.


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