Panel discussion on Climate Change held at UoP
PESHAWAR: The University of Peshawar’s (UoP) Environment Society, in collaboration with the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS), organised a panel discussion on the topic 'Climate Change Advocacy and Adaptation', to be part of the Global Climate Change Week (GCCW) 14 - 20 October and to create awareness regarding this environmental problem.
Speaking on the occasion, the moderator of the panel discussion and organiser of the Environment Society, Dr Asif Khan Khattak gave a background to the event and said that GCCW aimed to encourage academic communities at universities to engage with each other on climate change action and solutions. He also highlighted the importance of advocacy and adaptation in the climate change discourse.
He welcomed the panelists to the discussion which included Prof Dr Hizbullah Khan, Prof Dr Muhammad Nafees, Dr Rashid Miandad, Dr Shahla Nazneen from the Department of Environmental Sciences, UoP and Mr Aftab Alam, Programme Officer from PRCS. He also welcomed all the student participants in the jam-packed seminar hall.
During the session, the panelists discussed different ways in which advocacy can take place including traditional and modern approaches to influence the government to take further action on climate change. They also talked about the ways in which we can create awareness on campus and in the society regarding climate change adaptation. The various ways in which we can adapt to the impacts of climate change were also discussed.
During the discussion, the panelists shed light on what individuals can do to reduce emissions and have a smaller carbon footprint such as using public transport, riding bikes, reducing solid waste and consumption of meat, switching to renewable sources of energy, etc. The key take-home message for the participants was to be self-aware about the problem of climate change, which will result in better advocacy and communication with local communities and the government.