'Climate March' held to highlight environmental crisis in Pakistan

'Climate March' held to highlight environmental crisis in Pakistan

KARACHI – Karachi came out on street to participate in “Climate March” to clean the metropolis in wake of air pollution and raise other issues like rising sea levels, global warming and most recently torrential rain which flooded the most populous city of the country.

Such grave signs are reflecting at the lack of effort from government to battle against the environmental crisis which could lead to dire consequences in climate change.

More than 27 cities of Pakistan including Mardan, Jhang, Turbat, Kotli, Bagh, Killa Abdullah, Chitral, Ghotki and others participated in the “Climate March’.

The citizen-led initiative was organized by Climate Action Now, which brought out millions of young people out on the streets, joining climate strikes in other countries to protest global warming.

Among the most remarkable thing about the march was the startlingly young age of its leadership.

The march saw thousands of students who flooded out of schools, universities, and workplaces in order to join in what is being termed as the largest climate mobilization drive in the history of Pakistan.

Sana Javed, one of the main organizers of the Climate Action Now, said, “Climate Change is not an abstract issue and I hope the march would make the government take note and enact a "green deal" to address the crisis.”

In an effort to mitigate these challenges, the government of Pakistan had launched the “Clean Green Pakistan Program” last year, which includes plantation, ban on polythene bags, electric vehicles policy and clean drinking water. Pakistan has also committed to planting 10 billion trees in the next five years to combat the ecological crisis.