Global north nations blamed for high emissions, impacting developing nations

Zubair Qureshi

Over 200 activists of Islamabad and Rawalpindi organized a Climate Action at the Amphitheatre, Fatima Jinnah Park (F-9 Park).

The event included performances, awareness-raising activities, and fundraising for flood victims.

Young climate activists including Hania Imran, Rida Rashid and Pervez Ali recited poems and spoke on climate action. They demanded climate action and reparations from the Global North – nations that have historically high emissions and are the main cause behind climate change.

The event was organized to stimulate conversation and awareness around climate change and how it affects Pakistan.

The organizers said that as a result of being one of the most-impacted countries by the climate crisis, Pakistan has undergone floods, heatwaves, Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs) and wildfires, since the start of 2022. Climate change is already here and is affecting Pakistanis severely.

Anam Rathor, an activist and organizer from Climate Action Pakistan, led the conversation around demands of climate activists from the Government of Pakistan and the Global North.

She said that in addition to addressing our loss and damage, Global North needs to facilitate developing countries in terms of mitigation and adaptation through financial and technicalmeans.

Moreover, the Government of Pakistan must immediately shift focus towards climate adaptation, not just in the form of policy or framework but through real, on-ground community-led initiatives.

Tooba Syed from Women Democratic Front and Mustafa Wynne from Progressive Student Federation all spoke on different aspects of the climate crisis.

Academic experts also joined the discussion to talk about climate justice and water management systems. A musical performance was presented by Arieb Azhar, followed by a

theater performance organized by Laal Hartal. The event was rounded up by activists and affectees who talked about first-hand experiences of being impacted by the climate crisis.Ammar Rashid from Awami Workers Party said that with global conversations around climate change at forums such as the UNGA and UNFCCC, it is pertinent that Pakistan leads its own narrative. 33 million people have been affected by the floods this year alone.

Estimates of losses are in the tens of billions of dollars and more may be required for rehabilitation and reconstruction.

On top of international aid, reparations, and loss and damage finance, Pakistan also needs internal system strengthening and capacity building to prevent future losses from climate change impacts, he said.

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