ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Inter Provincial Coordination Mian Riaz Husain Pirzada on Tuesday said that climate change is one of the most important challenges faced by the world today.
He said this while addressing the participants of a seminar titled “Climate Change and its Consequences”. The seminar was organized by MNA Asiya Nasir in collaboration with German NGO Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS).
It was held in Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Services (PIPS) Islamabad and was attended by experts, members of the civil society and students of various universities.
The minister said that around the globe, seasons are shifting, temperatures are climbing and sea levels are rising. He said the frequency of natural calamities has increased alarmingly. “If we don’t act now, climate change will rapidly alter the lands and waters we all depend upon for survival, leaving our children and grandchildren with a very different world”, he warned.
He said Monday’s earthquake and the devastation it has caused, is an eye opener for us. Considerable increase in frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, coupled with erratic monsoon rains is causing frequent and intense floods and droughts.
He said Pakistan being an agriculture based economy is facing problems associated with food security due to water crisis. Food security not only carries with it the sufficiency of available food, but it also ensures people’s full access to food on sustainable grounds.
Pakistan needs certain policy recommendations and actions to be taken on national and international level to overcome the effects of climate change and food shortage. The minister also said that disaster preparedness should be seen as a collective responsibility of the government and the citizens alike.