Published On: Wed, Aug 19th, 2015

‘To reduce impacts of climate change, Pakistan needs green cities’

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Amar Guriro

KARACHI: Renowned urban planner and Executive Director Sustainable Initiatives Farhan Anwar has said that in order to reduce the impacts of climate change in Pakistan, the country needs more green cities.

Delivering a detailed presentation on climate change at a workshop for journalists organised by Individualland Pakistan at hotel Embassy Inn, Karachi on Wednesday, he said reduction of fossil fuels, introducing urban transportation and massive forest plantation can help reducing the impacts of changing climate.

“We need to think about the extreme weather events such as the recent heat wave in Karachi, and continuous floods in the country for past many years,” he said.

“Climate change is occurring very rapidly in the world. The snow on the mountains is melting and it’s becoming hotter by the day, which is alarming and the world should pay attention on this issue.”

Delivering presentation Sundas Syeda, Research Officer, Individualland, said climate change was occurring so rapidly that one minute it is hot and suddenly it starts raining heavily.

“An example of this is the current floods in the province of Punjab due to which thousands of people have become homeless,” she said.

The workshop was organised in collaboration with Friedrich Naumann Stifftung (FNSt) and a large number of journalists, including Daily Sindh editor Jaffar Memon and Editor Monthly Farozaan Mehmood Alam Khalid, Office bearer of Larkana Press Club, Murtaza Kalhoro, senior journalist Sami Memon, Hafeez Magsi, Zulfiqar Kunbhar, Maria Memon, Mujahid Shah, Rashid Ali and others attended the workshop.

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