Islamabad - National University of Modern Languages (NUML) yesterday arranged a seminar to discuss challenges of climate change in Pakistan and measures to face the effects of this change.

The seminar titled “Climate Change: Challenges and Strategies” was attended by climate change experts, faculty members and students.

CEO Strengthening Participatory Organisation Nasser Memon, while giving the basic facts of climate change, said that Pakistan may run out of water by 2025 and if solid measures were not taken we can face horrible consequences. “Climate change is global phenomena but Pakistan is among five top countries which are badly affecting the climate,” he said.

He further said that in 20th century the global average of sea level increased 10 to 20cm and snow cover reduced 1 to 2 days per year.

Memon said that during past 40 years, 1333 climate incidents like floods, heat, rain etc happened and one million were killed and 2.4 billion were affected by these incidents.

Meanwhile, Vice President IUCN Malik Amin Aslam in his briefing on “Climate Change Impacts and Opportunities for Pakistan” said that Pakistan is in danger zone as for as climate change is concerned.

“Water has become national security issue because it has reached 2.1 per cent deforestation ratio which is highest in the world,” said Aslam.

He suggested to create awareness among masses and stressed that tree plantation must be made mandatory for every Pakistani.

The expert lauded Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and hoped for tree plantation campaign, adding other provincial governments will take such step to avoid climate change in the future.

Rector NUML Major General Zia Ud Din Najam (Retd) in his address said that in Pakistan climate change issue is like mother of all ignorance and if we failed to create awareness among our masses then our survival would be at stake.  He said that students and youth are our future and educating them about the importance of environment is great service to the nation.

He applauded the organisers of this seminar and guests for their valuable contribution to Pakistan’s future.