Every time a natural disaster strikes the country, the wheels are set in motion to tackle the devastating effects of climate change . A severe storm ripped through the Islamabad and Rawalpindi late Wednesday night and left as many as seven dead and dozens more injured. While the onset of such storms are usually easy to predict, no warnings came from the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) prompting an inquiry by the PM himself into the failure to predict and alert the people.

Apart from the inquiry, this extreme weather event has also prompted the creation of a Climate Change Authority as announced by the Minister for Climate Change Zahid Hamid to the Senate; hereby adding one more authority to the plethora of ministries and government bodies that exist already to create policies to reduce the impact of climate change . What purpose this body will serve to fulfill that the ministry itself is not addressing, remains unclear.

What is obvious however is that it is high time that a national climate change policy be developed and implemented so that it is aligned with the individual efforts made by the provinces to streamline efforts towards building the resilience of the whole country.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has already chalked out its climate change policy after holding consultations with all the stakeholders, both government and private. It has shown initiative in reforestation as well as reducing its carbon footprint. The rest of the provinces are still grappling with what needs to be done to mitigate the effects of extreme weather events. The Climate Change Policy of 2012 created by the PPP government was the last effort made to integrate climate change policy with other inter-related national policies but has not been implemented. The current government has developed a framework for the implementation of the National climate change policy, again, just a document nobody will read or implement. In the face of the looming threat of global warming we need to witness action and not just endless documents and useless authorities to prevent the disarray caused when a natural disaster strikes.