Oxfam in Pakistan in collaboration with World Wide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-Pakistan) celebrated World Environment Day to raise environmental awareness and sensitize people; join hands with the government, the private sector, youth and relevant stakeholders to protect the environment from climate change caused by human-led activities.
The event, organized at a local hotel in city, emphasized the impacts of climate change and the crucial role of those most affected in driving solutions to this global problem. Many countries that are acutely vulnerable to climate change, including Pakistan, are showing determined leadership in response to the climate crisis.
The Provincial Minister for Environment Climate Change and Coastal Development, Mohammad Taimur Talpur graced the occasion and said, "Pakistan ranks amongst the top ten most disaster-prone countries in the world, hence we must collectively acknowledge climate change is a serious issue." He also shared that women, children and indigenous people are disproportionately affected by climate change which is expected to have wide-ranging impacts on Pakistan.
He emphasized, we must commit towards collectively tackling the impacts of this global challenge faced by many nations across the world. He also shared that after Sukkur, Sindh government will soon ban plastic bags in Karachi. He informed that climate change policy has been prepared by the Sindh government which will be made public in next few weeks.
The Country Director of Oxfam in Pakistan, Mohammed Qazilbash supported the minister's views and said, "Climate change affects us all, but it has a larger impact on women throughout the developing world. Women often grow the family's food, fetch fuel and water, and raise children.-PR