The Climate Challenge: Voices from Pakistan
By Bhavani Prakash
The effect of climate change is often reflected in erratic weather patterns. This was revealed in Sindh province of Pakistan last year in the form of devasting floods. According to a PBS report, ” Even today, four months on, hundreds of thousands of people in the southern Sindh province are still in tent camps. Their farmland–much of it sharecropped–is still inundated, in some regions under ten feet of water.”
The article noted further,
“It could take months before the land becomes receptive to a new crop, and there is no assurance that life will ever go back to the way it was before the floods. In fact, it is likely that epic floods will revisit this region, according to Seemi Kamal, a Karachi-based water policy expert and activist.”
“Pakistan is a climate change hot spot,” she said, noting predictions that this region is likely to see a cycle of severe flooding and drought.
How vulnerable is Pakistan to Climate Change and where do the action areas lie? Here is a two-part video by LEAD Pakistan discussing this. LEAD Leadership for Environment And Development (LEAD) Pakistan is a non-profit organization working since 1995 to create and sustain a global network of leaders who are committed to promote change towards the patterns of sustainable development that is economically sound, environmentally responsible and socially equitable in line with Agenda 21.
Climatic changes and chronic food insecurity, have pushed some vulnerable fishing and farming families in coastal regions to the brink of hopelessness. This documentary reflects the work of Oxfam with two coastal village communities of Badin. Their “Holistic climate change advocacy and adaptation project” revolves around disaster risk reduction, natural resource management, agriculture and livelihoods. The major elements of the project are construction of an emergency shelter, bio gas plants, use of solar panels for electricity generation, and reclamation of land for agricultural purposes. The documentary shows the eagerness of the village people towards making sustainable change and improving their livelihoods by countering the effects of climate change.
The final product was shown at the International Climate Change Conference in Pakistan held on the 21st and 22nd of October, 2010 to promote further funding and deeper coordination from other institutions.
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