The fallout of climate change is already in evidence across the globe. In order to cope with these climate change impacts a workshop was organized by World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) which highlighted the need for mitigating the impacts of climate change and urged the journalists to play their role in creating climate change awareness amongst the masses.

It is ironic to note that while the world’s developed countries are collectively responsible for this fast building environmental crisis, it is the developing countries like Pakistan that stand to suffer most. The participants of the workshop also acknowledged that Pakistan was badly affected due to climate change but adequate and appropriate steps had not been taken yet to mitigate it.

It should be kept in mind that if the current situation prevails, then the dwindling water supplies and higher sea temperatures will leave the agricultural and fisheries sector struggling for survival, while rising sea levels could flood the coastline, displacing millions of people. Therefore, if appropriate steps are taken the results will be acute food and water shortages, loss of livelihood, and an increased potential for conflict over shrinking resources. In short, the country, its people and its economy could be crippled! The scenario seems dreadful; however, the damage did not happen overnight and yes our generation is also not entirely responsible for it.

Since the last 200 years, since we started burning coal and gases, since society became more consumer driven and since the industrial revolution increased the level of taking out earth’s resources and sending it into the air, we were heading towards disaster.

We have been saying different things about bringing good change to our environment but mere words cannot do anything until they are followed by actions. Therefore, the need of the hour is to create climate change awareness amongst the masses and to have a better living environment for generations to come. Yet no political movement is more vital and timely than modern environmentalism because we must save ourselves from our own immediate folly.

SYE ALI QASIM,

Lahore, November 27.