Mitigating the Challenge of Climate Change


The world has confronted countless challenges in history. The nature, sphere, and impact of these challenges were never the same. In today’s world, climate change, which was an environmental issue once, has become a serious security challenge for the entire world. Climate change has been declared as a global and challenge for the world in the 21st century as it has a global impact regardless of the location or boundaries. Though Pakistan is not a major contributor to climate change, it is among the countries which are most vulnerable to climate change. The effects of climate change such as food insecurities, water issues, extreme weather, and the rise of sea levels have raised concerns in Pakistan. In response to climate change, Pakistani governments have taken various initiatives, especially the current government is taking the issue more seriously. For example, on 25th November 2019, Prime Minister Imran Khan launched an initiative, called as Clean Green Pakistan Index (CGPI), as part of the government’s efforts to mitigate the pollution issues and effects of climate change in Pakistan. In addition, the Billion Tree Tsunami project in Pakistan has been hailed by the international community. This project was completed, in 2017, by the current ruling party PTI in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which is the north-western province of Pakistan. After making the federal government in Pakistan, PTI has launched the Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Project which aims to plant 10 billion trees within five years. Prime Minister Imran Khan while commenting on this project stated that it is a gigantic step to reduce the effects of climate change and conserve the environment. According to the Pakistan Economic Survey 2020-21 that was released last month, the target of planting around 350 million trees and 814.6m plants across the country in that time under the Ten Billion Tree Tsunami Programme (TBTTP) had been achieved. Yesterday, Prime Minister Imran Khan asked all Pakistanis, especially the youth, to prepare themselves for the “biggest tree planting campaign in Pakistan’s history” ahead of the monsoon season this year.

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