ISLAMABAD, Oct 27 (APP): Federal Minister for Inter Provincial
Coordination Mian Riaz Husain Pirzada Tuesday said the climate change is one of the most important challenge for world and yesterday’s earthquake was an eye opener for us.
He was addressing a seminar titled “Climate Change and its Consequences” organized by MNA Asiya Nasir in collaboration with German NGO Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS).
The seminar was attended by experts, members of the civil society and
students of various universities.The minister said the yesterday’s earthquake and the devastation is an eye opener for us.
He said seasons are shifting, temperatures are climbing and sea levels
are rising around the globe due to the effects of climate change.
He said the frequency of natural calamities has increased alarmingly.
Our planet must still supply us with air, water, food and safe places to live.
Pirzada said “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 said considerable increase in frequency and intensity of extreme
weather events, coupled with erratic monsoon rains is causing frequent and intense floods and droughts.
The minister 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, he added.
He said disaster preparedness should be seen as a collective
responsibility of the government and the citizens alike.