Published Date: Nov 9, 2017
SDPI Press Release (November 9,2017)
Speakers at Green Preliminary Caucus’ Meeting to Respond Climate Change Apolitically
ISLAMABAD: Malik Muhammad Uzair Khan, Chairman National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Climate Change, has said that the issues related to climate change should be dealt as national security issue for its devastating effects. He said that the days when climate change was perceived as ‘future issue’, were gone as the nation was now facing the real impacts and the unprecedented smog in different parts of the country was only one of its expressions. He expressed these views while speaking at Green Parliamentary Caucus meeting held by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) in collaboration with Heinrich Boll Stiftung (HBS) Pakistan.
The Chairman National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Climate Change on the occasion added further that the NA’s parliamentary committee was trying to identify the legislative gaps that were causing impediments for the implementation on climate change policy. He said think tanks and media had a very crucial role to make the endeavors to respond the climate change impacts successfully.
Romina Khursheed Alam, MNA from ruling PMLN, highlighted the importance of ‘Green Parliamentary Caucus’ and said that the parliamentarians should join hands at this platform keeping their differences apart as responding climate change was a national obligation to save our future generations.
Dr. Arif Alvi, MNA Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaaf (PTI), explained the worst impacts of climate change I local context and said that people in different localities including Karachi were already confronting with number of problems related to climate change. He emphasized on strict regulation about the industrial waste as well as to protect natural ecology.
The other parliamentarians including Nafeesa Khattak, Sabhia Nazir and Muhammad Khan Daha, presented an outlook of issues regarding environmental degradation at local level and demanded strict measures to protect water resources and forests. Shafqat Munir, Senior Policy Advisor SDPI, earlier informed the participants that the overall understanding and awareness around climate change in the country was improving, however, in the face of dire challenges, all segments of society should be working together to respond these challenges effectively.