Pakistan desperately requires a set of lessons and practices that can be implemented and spread in order to address the ever growing environmental issues of its various regions. South Asia will be facing acute climate change according to the environmentalists at an inaugural session of a two-day Mid-Term Review Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation, Water and Food Security in Pakistan hosted by the Social Policy and Development Centre (SPDC) in Karachi. In the data evaluation conducted by the environmentalists, it was more than obvious that our ministry of environment is virtually nonexistent, in terms of relaying change and progress in our surrounding predicaments that include water scarcity, growing pollution, agricultural issues, increasingly volatile climate conditions and more.

More than anything else, the most effective strategy to tackle climate change in Pakistan is to develop a more proactive and empathetic approach at a macro-level to understand how vulnerable our society is to the impact of exacerbated climate issues. All talk, no action delivers nothing. The ministry assigned with environmental protection should make serious efforts in disaster risk reduction as well as sustainable human development. Furthermore, natural resource management and the provision of alternative livelihood opportunities alleviate much of the social repercussions of climate change. In this case, coastal areas of the country require immediate attention. Contrary to Pakistan’s phlegmatic response, Denmark, Philippines, Brazil and Austria among others within the UN and OECD have chosen to mitigate the effects of climate change on their countries.

Cities like Quetta have regressed over the passage of time for multiple reasons but the deterioration points toward a bitter reality: Irresponsibility and lack of efficient policy making on behalf of the government. Once a city that enamored people from all over the country with its fresh air and chilly weather is now laden with smog, decay and neglect. Before it worsens and slips out of our control, our government should assert itself more effectively in rehabilitation of our environment.