“Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, and advancing economic growth... these are one and the

same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health,

food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.”

–Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s address to the 66th General Assembly: “We the Peoples”, 21 September 2011.

While the international research community has increasingly understood the importance of having a holistic approach towards finding the solutions to global problems, the government of Pakistan continues on the path of development laced with a myopic view. Be it solving the energy crisis by importing LNG or distributing bags of wheat in Thar to tackle food shortage, we only address the problem with a short-term solution. Exporting a commodity to address shortage or the provision of aid is like putting a bandage on a broken leg, countries including Pakistan need to address social injustices and the tangible threat of climate change to address wider problems like provision of education, healthcare and improved political participation within the masses. The sooner we understand this concept, the faster the country will progress on every indicator, economic and social.