Feb 23 - Mar 01, 2009

Global warming, emission of carbon and polluted water, is posing serious threat to human life more than wars-the game of destruction-besides causing fast erosion of economic resources, food scarcity, and unemployment stresses all over the world.

Although, the contribution of the developing countries like Pakistan towards global warming and polluting environment is relatively less when compared to the developed world's, they are suffering from the modern life style of the West.

In fact, as a sequel to rising global warming developing countries including Pakistan are exposed to the climate change and its alarming repercussions, especially glacier melting, which is lifting sea level and consequently intrusion of the seawater into arable soil.

The climate change has claimed the human lives more than all wars fought so far between different nations and even the current wave of violence in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Dr. Najam Adil who is a Nobel Peace Prize holder and renowned international environmental expert while talking on the subject last week sounded this hair-raising caution: Rapid change in climate might prove more destructive than game of war in terms of life, quality of life, causing stresses on food and water the world over.

In fact, the consequences of the climate change are the price of the modern living style and the industrialization, however the more affected of this phenomenal threat will be developing countries rather than the developed economies.

Dr. Najam Adil was speaking on the response towards climate change of the most energy intensive and industrial sectors in Pakistan at a talk initiated and presided over by Shazia Mari, the provincial minister for Information.

He outlined the dimensions of the climate change including global warming, scarcity of water, glacier melting, reduced discharge of water into seas through rivers resulting in erosion or introduction of the sea into agriculture soil, threats to jobs and reduced production of food grains.

The gist of the story was however to create awareness about the seriousness of the issue which is threatening the world which has become a global village. It is a threat to every citizen of this global village.

He was of the view that the one of the remedy is to focus on development of infrastructure, which should build a carbon proof system to save this world from global warming, pollution and environment.

Dr. Najam pointed out areas of concerns including water crisis in next twenty years, food stress, energy stresses, disease stresses, eco system degradation, and shift of population from water-starved regions to other places having adequate water resources.

Shazia Mari in her concluding remarks said that the purpose of organizing the talk on climate change was to create awareness especially among the opinion leaders. 'Government under the light of recommendations of the experts would deal at local level.'

Meanwhile Tauqeer Shiekh CEO LEAD sounded a note of warning at the first ever summit of the corporate sector held in Karachi on the consequences of climate change. He said that the climate disasters might result in instability of workforce, unavailability of natural raw material and infrastructure. Consequently, there will be an increase in cost of doing business, shrinking of market size and foreign direct investment.

"Climate change is the serious most challenge of our times. Pakistan has already been ranked at 14th most vulnerable country that will be hit by the adverse affects of climate change particularly in terms of food and water security."

In addition to role played by the government, social sector, corporate sector, and other stakeholders also have to play an active role in this cause. Climate Change is an equally significant threat for the corporate sector.

Organizations in Europe and UK have understood the need to mitigate climate change. Thus, they are building partnerships with NGOs to strengthen their response to climate change and enhance their reputation.

LEAD Pakistan organized the event in collaboration with leading corporations, government bodies, and Academia & Research bodies. Renowned international experts on climate change also spoke on the occasion. Supported by the British High Commission, the summit has been able to gather good support from all the stakeholders including government, corporate sector, and research bodies.

Many leading corporations such as Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OICCI), PSO, ENGO have already collaborated with Lead Pakistan for the summit. The research partners for the summit are Boston University, USA, The University of Manchester, USA, International Business Leaders Forum, Global Change Impact Studies Center (GCISC), and Pakistan Metrological Department.


LEAD Pakistan, one of the 14 member programs of LEAD International, has aim to solely bring the Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) program - an innovative capacity building initiative-to Pakistan. LEAD Pakistan has been working on the promotion of environmentally sensitive development since its inception. LEAD Pakistan firmly believes that serious and immediate actions need to be taken by a wide range of stakeholders to fully understand and respond to the grave impacts of climate change, requiring a realignment of Pakistan's commitment towards the Millennium Development Goals.