36% of Pakistan’s glaciers will disappear by 2100: Experts

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KARACHI: In Pakistan, the condition of climate change is very dangerous. Worldwide, Pakistan is the seventh most vulnerable country to climate change and third in South Asia.

According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT, USA, 36% of Pakistan’s glaciers will disappear by 2100.

Our glaciers are melting at unprecedented rates due to climate change, experts said at an interactive public awareness seminar “Global Warming to Global Warning – A Social Justice Seminar on Climate Change” organized by Department of Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, Ziauddin University.

Through a combination of, presentations, powerful talks, motivational speeches, and awareness sessions by renowned and expert guest speakers of their fields including a renown social activist and journalist, Afia Salam, Coordinator for Climate Change Pledge for University of York Law School UK, Stephen Levitt, Advocate Ali Lakhani, Lecturer, Ziauddin University, Eric Sharoon Shahzar addressed the audience about climate change that it is one of the most pressing environmental matters that has come to head and beyond for the globe we live in today.

“By 2050, we shall expect droughts. Half of Baluchistan is already gripped by drought and Pakistan’s population is already expected to be the 4th largest by 2030. Food insecurity would also be at its peak. By now 6 out of 10 people are already food insecure In Pakistan. In Sindh, 90% of water is already arsenic, whereas, in Punjab, groundwater is declining at startling rates. Biggest signs of acceleration to climate are rising above sea levels, heatwaves, wildfires, floods and disappearing of glaciers,” experts revealed.

“World leaders have declared climate change as the most dangerous threat to humanity. In early 1900, burning fossil fuels produced about 2 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) and today, the number is nearly 20 times greater which is frightening, stressing and alarming for us. As populations and economies grow, carbon emissions grow too. Unluckily the future generations will remember us by the age of “climate crisis” carried out by the speakers.

“Environment pollution, Plastic pollution, and air pollution is making the situation even worse. Annually, worldwide 60,000 people die due to air pollution. Pakistan quickly needs to stop deforestation. As per UN’s standards, countries must have a forest cover of at least 25 % but Pakistan is a country with extreme low forest cover which is only 1.9%”, they stated.

While providing solutions to this major climate change issue, speakers say that we need to work on solar plants, wind energy, as Pakistan is blessed with a 994 km coastline so we can also work on water desalination. We also need to create awareness in civil society to protect the earth.