Pakistan has been ranked 5th in the world most affected by climate change. Experts have warned that it will have an irreparable loss to Pakistan and its people if no immediate measures were taken.
In a recent report by German Watch, Pakistan has been counted among the countries which are badly affected by the environment. According to the Global Climate Risk Index 2020, Pakistan ranks fifth among the countries most affected by climate change during the twenty years from 1999 to 2018.
Ahsan Raza, a Lahore-based analyst, says past environmental policies have made the problem more complicated in the country. He said Imran Khan’s government is better in this regard, “even if there are not a billion trees in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Even if it’s half of it, it’s still pretty good. In addition, the government is planning to plant another ten billion trees. The decision to import electric cars in place of petrol and diesel is also very good. But apart from these, the government will have to take many steps. ”
Experts believe that due to global warming, melting glaciers are a danger to the country. Environmental expert Dr Pervez Amir says Pakistan faces four major threats: “melting glaciers, coal consumption, smog and drought.” He added, “The migration from several coastal areas has already begun. Migrating from several areas including Omara, Pasni, Badin, Thatta, Sujawal and Gwadar. In addition, many areas of the country have also suffered from drought. These factors deserve immediate attention. “
According to Salman Bashir, an environmental activist from Lahore, deforestation should be stopped immediately. As the area under forests has now been reduced by three percent. “
Many experts say that the southern part of the country is being hit the most by climate change. “No government has paid attention to the issue,” said Muhammad Ali Shah, leader of the Fisher Fork Forum in Sindh.