Gilgit, Oct 24: WWF-Pakistan along with Pakistan Wetlands Programme and Water Conservation & Development Project of UNDP celebrated Global Day of Action for Climate Change in collaboration with Youth Club Majini Muhalah. A seminar was held in Karakuram Commerce College Majini Muhalah Giligt. The main objective of the seminar was to raise awareness about Climate Change among the masses. A large number of students from Gilgit schools and citizens participated as guests.
Mr. M. Iqbal Khan of the UNDP said that climate change is happening due to excessive use of oil, coal and gas in the world which has raised the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere beyond safe limits. This is increasing temperatures, melting polar ice caps, raising sea levels and causing many useful plants and animals to disappear, in addition to spreading many diseases and pests in area where they did not exist before. He asked the youth to spread awareness of climate change to others and take individual actions to reduce CO2 emissions in the air.
During the seminar, the Pakistan Wetlands Programme (PWP) Gilgit-Baltistan representative and wetlands specialist Dr. Humaira Khan said there are many negative effects of climate change on the region’s wetlands. She said the wetlands include lakes, streams, peat lands, and rivers. Due to increasing temperatures, glaciers are getting smaller and this will contribute to less flow in rivers and stream after some time. This will affect the communities and plants and animals that depend on wetlands for their needs.
After the presentations, the Youth Club members conducted a clean-up and awareness march during which they picked up garbage from the streets. They also demonstrated the use of cycles as much as possible in order to reduce carbon emissions. It ended at the Medina Market where all participants made the shape of 350 (maximum safe limit of CO2 in the air).