April 27th, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013 – Environment has never been matter of concern for Pakistan and the tendency goes further chronic as all mainstream political parties, bracing for participation in the forthcoming polls, have placed environment issues at the bottom of their draft manifestos for 2013 elections. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), adopted in 1992 and entered into force in 1994, and as a result the adoption of Kyoto Protocol initially in 1997 (which later entered into force on 16 February 2005), has dubbed it necessary for all to have more vibrant climate change policies at political and national level across the world.
However, in Pakistan, politics has all glamour but blind to environment issues. Indifference on the subject gets more appalling because common people especially civil society have not bothered to bash political leadership for downplaying environment matters in their manifestos. Adding insult to injury, various NGOs engaged in revamping environmental degradation, government departments and independent associations, national and international, have also opted out to remain silent over the situation.
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April 11th, 2013
Sikhs from Pakistan celebrate Sikh environment day
AMRITSAR: Sikhs from Pakistan celebrated the Sikh environment day in Karachi, Sindh, Baluchistan and Nankana Sahib by planting trees and holding seminars stressing on the role of plants in keeping the environment clean.
Ramesh Singh, chairman of Pakistan Sikh council told TOI over phone from Karachi on Sunday that during the Sikh environment day celebrations , representatives of various religious communities including Sikh, Hindu, Christians and Muslims pledged for the plantation of trees in local neighbourhoods and their respective houses of worship.
April 11th, 2013
6% GDP lost to environmental degradation in Pakistan
KARACHI: Environment must be adopted and elevated as a priority subject on the election agenda and mainstream political process.
Environmentalists expressing their views on the subject, during a session organised by IUCN – Pakistan identified Climate Change, Biodiversity Loss, Clean Air and Clean Water and Environmental Governance as the subjects needing utmost attention.
The unanimous opinion was that
unless, the people of Pakistan consider environmental degradation as their personal loss, things will not improve.
Referring to Pakistan’s acute vulnerability in the wake of climate change experts mentioned that Pakistan is identified to be the 8th most vulnerable country in the Global Climate Risk Index. This is coupled with the fact that it is rapidly losing its natural resources. Unless economic evaluation of environmental degradation is done, the country would not realise what it is losing out on, they said.
Read More: http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013%5C04%5C09%5Cstory_9-4-2013_pg12_9