STAFF REPORT LHR: The WWF-Pakistan has urged the world leaders recently gathered in Paris to ensure that they conclude a deal that meets the demands of science and reduces greenhouse gas emissions effective to keep global warming below 1.5°C.
“The year 2015 has proven to be an unusual year for Pakistan due to unpredictable weathering events across the entire country. A mini-cyclone in Peshawar killed 44 people; heat waves in Karachi killed more than 1,500 people, cloudbursts and glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) in various areas of Gilgit-Baltistan affected 35,717 people,” said Hammad Naqi Khan, Director General WWF-Pakistan, in a statement.
He said that at COP21 it is important that Pakistans leadership invest more in alternate energy and effectively communicate its high vulnerability case to the international community to seek support for climate change adaptation.
Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International, said, “science is telling us. We need to act quickly on climate change and Paris is our moment. We need a strong climate plan that will cut carbon emissions, promote renewable energy, provide promised finance and protect powerful carbon sink ecosystems like forests and the oceans.”
He said that the Paris meeting was an important opportunity to protect vulnerable people and natural systems of the world that are disproportionately impacted by climate change.