Climate change has become such a big issue in Pakistan that environmental degradation costs Pakistan 9% of its GDP, according to a World Bank study. In the Sindh province, environmental degradation accounts to 19% of its GDP. Pakistan signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Action, but seems to be slow to actually implement its climate change ideas due to domestic discord. Pakistan does seem to have climate change on its radar, as in 2012 Pakistan was the first South Asian country to construct a Ministry of Climate Change (MOCC). The MOCC has developed National Climate Change Policy (NCCP), as well as ways to implement these policies. However, due to disunity amongst the provinces, many governmental institutions in Pakistan are barely aware of the climate change policy, and have no resources to implement such policy. Dawn, the oldest English language newspaper in Pakistan, suggests adopting a three-pronged approach in which investments in sustainable infrastructure, low carbon development, and provincial capabilities are made. With 70% of Pakistanis predicted to be living in big cities over the next years, it’s imperative that Pakistan gets a hold on climate change.
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