05 June 2021 | Pakistan is tremendously susceptible to the impacts of climate change, stemming from its reliance on climate-sensitive sectors, including agriculture, water, and natural resources. To this end, immediate Climate action is required by stepping-up efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to strengthen the resilience and adaptive capacity to climate-induced impacts. Supporting this cause, the Local Empowerment, Advocacy and Development (LEAD) for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Localisation in Pakistan (LEAD4SDGs) celebrated the environment day on June 5, 2021 with full zeal and enthusiasm. The activity is being implemented in consultation with the Local Councils Associations of Sindh. https://issuu.com/uclg-aspac/docs/environment_day
Couple of activities were conducted in Karachi which were mainly aimed at raising awareness among the masses on the importance of climate action and to inculcate a sense of responsibility particularly among youth to keep the environment clean and green.
On day event was organized at Frere Hall Karachi, Sindh in collaboration with the Youth Parliament. Youth Parliament is a not-for-profit organization working to bring youth at one platform to train and nurture leadership, citizenship, democratic and civic values. An orientation session was organized for these University students on sustainable development goals, climate action, global warming and environmental protection. Students worked together in groups to identify the root causes of environmental degradation in Pakistan with a particular focus on the metropolitan city, Karachi with possible solutions. Each group came up with innovative and creative ideas on how to protect the environment around and to make the world a better place to live in. Furthermore, students were also engaged in the tree plantation activity initiated by the Lead programme.
The elected representatives also shared the hazardous impacts of climate change and endorsed to integrate climate change measures into national policies, strategies and planning.
Short interviews of these legislators were recorded on environment protection and climate action including Member Provincial Assembly, Sindh Mr. Abdul Razak Raja, Member Provincial Assembly (MPA), Balochistan Mr. Zahoor Ahmed Buledi, Adviser to Chief Minister (CM) and Advisor for environment, climate change and coastal development, Government of Sindh, Barrister Murtaza Wahab on public awareness. All the videos were also uploaded on Lead’s and its partners social media platforms to educate online audiences.
The members of the youth parliament/students committed to inform and educate their friends, families, acquaintances and communities on environment protection and the benefits of tree planation. Environmental issues could be best handled through citizen’s participation and empowering them by providing required information concerning the environment. Furthermore, each citizen must contribute towards the environmental sustainability and reversing environmental degradation aimed at promoting climate action.