Global warming attributed to human activities leading to Greenhouse gas emissions, since the advent of Industrial Revolution of 1750s. As a result, the global climate has been changing at a pace much higher than the natural variability. This human-induced global climate change is having adverse impacts on different socio-economic sectors, particularly in countries situated at lower latitudes and subtropics/tropics.
Global warming and climate change refer to an increase in average global temperatures. Natural events and human activities are believed to be contributing to an increase in average global temperatures. This is caused primarily by increases in greenhouse gases such as Carbon Dioxide (CO2). The Earth has gone through many shifts in cooling and warming driven by natural factors like the sun’s energy or variations in its orbit, but the trend scientists have seen over the past 50 years is unmistakable.
Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment. Glaciers have shrunk, ice on rivers and lakes is breaking up earlier, plant and animal ranges have shifted and trees are flowering sooner. Effects that scientists had predicted in the past would result from global climate change are now occurring: loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise and longer, more intense heat waves.
Climate change will increase the variability of monsoon rains and enhance the frequency and severity of extreme events such as floods and droughts. The back to back floods of 2010, 2011 and 2013, worst drought during 1999-2003, two cyclones in one month in Karachi/Gwadar coasts in 2008 and increased incidences of landslides, GLOFS (Glacial Lake Outburst Floods) in the northern areas of Pakistan bear testimony to the ugly face of climate change. It is projected that greater precipitation and melting of glaciers would increase waters in our rivers as much as 20 percent initially, suggesting the benefit of increasing capacity for water storage.
Most serious challenges for Pakistan are the threats to its Water Security, Food Security and Energy Security, owing to possible shifts in weather patterns, both on temporal and spatial scales, in particular increased variability of monsoon.
GREEN LIVING ASSOCIATION
Green Living Association (GLA) is a non-governmental, non-profit and not-for-funding (self relined) organization working to expand Environmental Education in Pakistan. GLA is partner of the Cleanup the World and United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in addressing critical environmental issues. Green Living Association imparts modern Environmental Education especially to the schools’ students and generally to all segments of society by arranging innovative, colourful and interactive activities. The focus of our campaigns and activities is to inspire each member of society to contribute his/ her part in the process of pollution check, effective waste management and energy conservation in order to make an Environment Friendly Pakistan.
The focus of Green Living Association is to provide practical environmental education to all segments of society through schools’ students in bringing Environmental Conservation to their lives and lifestyles by developing among them spirit to contribute their times and energies in making an environment friendly society. Under its first 5-yearly campaign ‘Kids’ Action to Restore Environment’ (KARE 2007-11) GLA reached to 75,000 families in Pakistan in association with our Green Partner schools. Under its second 5-yearly practical campaign ‘Collective Action to Restore Environment’ (CARE 2012-16) GLA successfully extended the figure to well above 200,000 families across the nation. Under its third 5-yearly campaign ‘Collective Action to control Climate Change’ (CATCH 2017-21) GLA aims at reaching to each Pakistani with a message of environmental conservation in association with the Green Partner institutes and print/ electronic media.
Let’s join hands and contribute our parts in making an environment friendly Pakistani society and a pollution free planet. Together we share vision, hope, and action in transforming this vision into reality.