Global North urged to meet carbon reduction pledge

Dean Emeritus of Boston University, USA, Dr Adil Najam, said wealthier countries in the North should meet their carbon reduction pledges and poorer countries like Pakistan had to adapt to climate change and develop their resilience to natural disasters.

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News – October 25, 2022): Dean Emeritus at Boston University, UNITED STATES Dr Adil Najam said the richest countries in the North should meet their commitment to carbon reduction, and poor countries like Pakistan needed to adapt to climate change and build resilience to natural disasters. He was giving a lecture titled, ‘Of Indus to Sharm El Sheikh: A Desi Perspective on Climate Change’ here at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). He said that the climate was no longer a future issue and that using the future for the climate meant we had even more time, but extreme weather events had proven otherwise. He said that the context of climate change for Pakistan was different of the rest of the worldespecially the Global North.

For Pakistan, he argues, the real barometer is the Indus basin. The way climate change interacts with us is different of the rest of the worldtherefore, we must be providers of the climate change agenda, not receivers.

He said it is time to opt for adaptation because the onset of climate change has fundamentally changed climate policy and climate change. Politics. Dr. Najam recalled that Paris OK had promised very low emissions, because it made climate action and commitments a voluntary action rather than a legal obligation like Kyoto Protocol. Since the first COP held 27 years ago, funding commitments were promised but not made available. No country has ever demonstrated its commitment to a temperature of 1.50°C and there was no scientific way to meet these commitments, he said and added that even 20°C was no longer achievable for climate change mitigation. He said Pakistan was essentially the Indus basin that supported a flourishing civilization of its provenance.

“The Indus tells us that we face a civilizational challenge,” he said, adding that the Indus has supported civilization and may not for the next 100 years.

He added that 90% of the country’s population lived in the Indus basin; all 9 out of 10 cities were within 50 kilometers of the Indus, causing changes in the Indus and its demographics. He suggested improving the efficiency of the use of the water for a better harvest per drop. Dr. Adil said the notion of lack of finance is a blatant lie; there is a lack of belief that climate change is an existential threat. “Cost of the American war on Afghanistan was 2.6 trillion, Cost of the rescue plan for the American financial crisis was 4,000 billion and the Cost of the American fight against COVID-19 was 6.2 trillion, these funds were mobilized in 8 days and spent in 5 days. “Rather than climate finance and sharing technical assistance, he suggested putting pressure on the world’s major emitters to meet their climate commitments. He said that after every climate disaster, economic activity will continue as the victims will spend their savings and inject into the economy for their survival, which reiterates that silver is not a problem. He urged Pakistanclimate diplomacy must move of “talk about loss and damage, or of outsourcing mitigation to climate adaptation as development and of climate assistance to climate justice. market as climate catastrophe expands and the margin of relief shrinks, he concluded.

Earlier, in his opening remarks, SDPI Executive Director Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suelri said Pakistan chaired a group of 136 countries to COP 27 and with the cooperation of those countries Pakistan will push the countries of the North to respect their commitments in terms of climate action.

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