Pakistan facing ‘climate injustice’ at the hands of rich, polluting countries: Imran

Says rich countries compensate us for the tremendous economic losses we face each year


Web Desk July 07, 2015
Rich and most polluting countries should compensate Pakistan for the economic losses it has sustained due to climate change, said PTI chief Imran Khan. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan claimed that the country was facing ‘climate injustice’ at the hands of rich and heavy polluting countries, urging them to compensate Pakistan for the economic losses it has sustained due to climate change.

“Rich countries should not only assist Pakistan in mitigation and adaptation efforts, but also compensate us for the tremendous economic losses we face each year,” he said.

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While praising the formation of climate change ministry by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif-led government, Imran termed the Pakistan’s commitment to tackle climate change a ‘joke’ given that the ministry lacked funding and support from the administration.

Crticising the government for the paltry funds allocated to counter climate, PTI chief said, “They need to back it up with supportive funding and capacity, which are both missing.”

“We unfortunately do not have the luxury to waste time as far as climate change is concerned. We in Pakistan are actually living through the age of urgent climate adaptation,” said Khan.

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Referring to the recent heatwave in Karachi, which took the lives of around 1300, and reoccurring floods in Pakistan in recent years, Imran said the country is facing the full impact of climate change its full impacts.

Suggesting on how to tackle the ongoing energy crisis in the country, the PTI chief urged the federal government to focus on large renewable resources of green energy, such as hydro, solar, wind and nuclear.

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Commenting on how the PTI-led government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) has made climate change a priority, Imran said the provincial government had allocated Rs2billion to focus on green initiatives.

“Our focus is on forestry, national parks, green energy development – all of which create natural climate mitigation and adaptation measures. In comparison, the Punjab government slashed their environment ministry budget by 75% from last year,” he said.

The “Billion Tree Tsunami” campaign, which has been accepted under the global Bonn Challenge to slow deforestation rates, has also been introduced in K–P.

Imran acknowledged that the step on its own was enough to slow the deforestation rate, but argued that planting forests was the “easiest and most effective way” to deal with the challenge.

The article originally appeared on The Guardian

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s,khan | 5 years ago | Reply Rich countries like USA are experiencing negative effects of climate change. California has been having drought for the last four years with restriction on water use. Midwest region is getting hit with tornadoes with loss of life and property. Last winter there was heavy snow fall to the extent that consumers didn't go out shopping and GDP declined. There is lot of talk of climate change and no action. The demand for funding climate change measures by the third world countries has been raised at every climate change meeting. so far rich countries have not accepted the demand. One of the vocal claiment for generous fund is India which vacillate from accepting any restriction on CO2 emission and demanding funds from implementing measures on combating pollution. Pollution in Pakistan comes from India. It has many coal fired plants in Rajasthan and Punjab which emit huge amount of CO2. Delhi, India's capital is the most polluted city in the world. Pakistan has a great opportunity to tackle climate change. It has severe energy shortage. The increase in supply need to come from renewable energy sources like solar, wind and hydro and also from nuclear power. Solar panels are cheap and Government should offer generous subsidies to encourage people to use solar panels.
Question | 5 years ago | Reply Give us money for refugees give us money for being victim of war on terror give us money for coalition fund give us money for building ports and expressway Now give us money for climate change. the begging bowl never stops.
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