Save the Earth

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Back to fifty years, countries concerned about the pressing environmental concerns facing a planet they shared gathered in Stockholm to recognize that “the protection and improvement of the human environment is a major issue that affects people’s well-being and economic development throughout the world.” They realised there was “only one world,” as the campaign tagline for World Environment Day puts it. It’s a powerful statement that serves as a sharp reminder to humanity to reduce behaviors that are killing wildlife, flora and fauna, ecosystems, and even human habitat. The globe is rapidly approaching a point of no return, with a 1.5°C increase in global temperatures appearing to be on the horizon. Global climate change has functioned as a threat multiplier for poor countries like Pakistan, causing disease outbreaks, food instability, water shortages, poverty, and other human rights violations, posing grave security and existential threats to the country. This is because, despite its diversified geography and different ecosystems, Pakistan’s ability to adapt with climate change and climate-related disasters is appalling. When compared to the major emitters, its contribution to carbon pollution is minor. However, it is one of the top ten countries that has suffered the most as a result of climate change, which has been exacerbated by an ever-increasing population. Despite the previous government’s vow to move away from coal, the country remains fossil-fuel dependent, and its agriculture and water management practises are outdated and carbon-intensive. While deforestation continues to make way for brick-and-mortar structures and effluents and plastic choke our waterways. The government’s incapacity to combat the dangers of climate change is also due to a scarcity of resources needed to alleviate the impacts and put the country on a more sustainable path. Climate money is unquestionably necessary for developing countries, as the federal climate minister, Sherry Rehman, recently stated at the Stockholm+50 meeting. Unfortunately, the countries most responsible for global warming and natural resource plundering have yet to mobilise the promised $100 billion to aid developing countries’ environmental recovery. Regardless of when the cash arrives, Pakistan must build a long-term climate adaption strategy that encompasses all aspects of financial and social development.

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