Sunday, June 15, 2008

Taking stock on Environment Day in Pakistan

Just a snip from Ahmad Rafay Alam in the News (Pakistan): … There’s another notion that Pakistan’s contribution to global climate change is minute compared to developed countries and that, therefore, it’s unfair to expect us to bear equal responsibility (and cost) for mitigation and adaptation measures. Especially since most of the damage done to the Earth to date has been at the hands of now “environmentally advanced” countries. It’s a vogue argument amongst the more controversial environmental activists. It’s also, in the Pakistani context, ultimately specious. I can’t speak for other countries, but we must take top priority action to combat and adapt to climate change in Pakistan, not just because of the predicted effects of climate change but because current levels of pollution and poor environmental regulation is killing us and our economy….

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