Organization: Caritas Pakistan Karachi
City/Country: Karachi, Pakistan
Statement about your work:
Caritas Pakistan Karachi under their Livelihood and Food Security program observed the Global Women’s Climate Justice Day of Action on 29th of September, 2015 with Women Group of Joshua Garden.
The Awareness session on impact of Climate change on women and role of women to fight against climate change with Plantation of Fruit trees was organized.
The trees absorb carbon dioxide which is harmful for human and produce oxygen which is vital for health and our atmosphere.
Its urgent action is needed to plant more and more trees in our community to save our mother Earth. Because trees are the lungs of our earth, which provided us clean Air and shadow and trees are our friends.
Climate Impacts in our Region
Amongst the countries most-affected by climate change, Pakistan is the most vulnerable country as it has been experiencing an intense climate change impacts throughout its ecological zones such as glaciers, high mountains, tropical forests, riverine belts, deserts, and coastal ecosystems. As a consequence, in view of escalating social, environmental and economic challenges for the country, climate change has recently raised serious concerns.
Pakistan is one of the leaders in the ranking of 10 countries with the highest index of climate risk. The World Bank has estimated that the change of temperature in South Asia has caused the country a loss of about 3.6 billion dollars (3.2 billion euro) in the last 18 years.
Not only have that, in the last 50 years, there been epidemics, floods, famine and drought. The last emergency (in chronological order) that the country faced was the constant power outing of the national electrical system that, along with exceptional heat wave in late June caused more than 1,000 deaths in the city of Karachi.
Solutions Caritas Pakistan propose
Caritas Pakistan has been responding to climate change in the country through solid waste management program, introducing early warning systems in disaster prone communities, public awareness seminars, tree plantation campaigns, poster competitions, theatre performances, trainings on fuel efficient stoves and bio gas plants, promotion of organic farming and kitchen gardening and publication of IEC material.
Why women are key to climate solutions
Climate Change is not gender neutral and women bear a disproportionate burden of climate change consequences. Women are in fact closer to nature than their male counterparts and possess traditional experiences and profound knowledge of nature. Women in rural communities are the backbone of agricultural production and play a significant role in the management of natural resources because of their social and economic roles which require them to provide food, fuel, fodder and income derived from the surrounding resource base. Hence, Rural Women suffer most of the burden of risk when the climate change impacts upon natural resources or a natural disaster (floods, cyclone, and drought) comes off. For instance, when the land is flooded and infrastructure (roads and houses) are damaged, large scale displacement from inundated areas happens and much of the burden of dislodgment falls on women.
Unfortunately, Climate change is also intensifying violence against women. The climate change has fact exposed communities to extreme weather i.e. rise temperature in summer, unpredictable and unprecedented rain fall, high wind speed, etc. the community in rural and slum areas has revealed that the climate change is putting more pressure on women as compared to men.
Women are the front victim of the climate crisis; women in rural Pakistan spend most of their time in doing agricultural activities and collecting water and fuel for their families. Changing weather patterns are constantly affecting agriculture and natural resources including forest and water. As a consequence of these changes, workload and hardship of women has increased manifold.
Therefore we need to involve women from top to bottom from policy to action to fight against climate change and Save Mother Earth from Global warming.