Resilient Future International Pvt Ltd (RFI), in collaboration with Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO) organized a journalists’ training on climate change (Islamabad 19 February, 2022). The training was attended by senior, young, women and men journalists from renown media houses, viz,. The News International, DAWN, GNN News, Abbtak News, Associated Press Pakistan (APP), Radio Pakistan, PTV World, Royal News Network, Independent News Network, The Asian Telegraph, Aur TV and High-Class News.
Mr Aftab Alam Khan, international climate change expert and lead trainer shared that Pakistan crossed the line of water stressed country in 1990 and that of water scarce country in 2005. The unchanged situation would lead to absolute shortage of water in 2025. Such state of affairs is a receipt of disaster. Water intensive production system in agricultural and industrial sectors must be transformed into water smart systems. Government, academia, parliamentarians and civil society organizations need to play collective and collaborative role.
Beside water situation, Mr Aftab Alam, highlighted the impact of climate change on health, agriculture and food security. In 2021, the expanded timeline of dengue cases in Pakistan was one of the key impacts of climate change on health. The rising trend of erratic rains challenges agricultural production. In 2020 monsoon season witnessed 41 percent above average rainfall whereas 2021 saw 9 percent below average rains.
While reflecting on the situation the journalists suggested climate emergency to ensure a focussed response against the challenges. Coordination system to be developed among all the stakeholders for collective planning, implementation and monitoring. The participants also discussed important role of media managers and owners to allocate greater sources for climate journalism.
“Very informative training on Climate Change. Presentations gave eye opening information on Climate issues”. Rahul Basharat, PTV World.
“This training session helped the participants to make their ideas in a compact form. It helped to better understand the growing issue of climate change.” Haider Abbas Baloch, Radio Pakistan.
“It was very informative session on Climate Change. We learnt about the changing climatic patterns. What causes global warming and the major greenhouse sources. The terms, adaptation and mitigation, and how they relate to climate change. We also discussed social responsibilities and roles of journalists, media, government, local people and society.”, Ms Lubna Sajjad, High-Class News.“
Rana Kashif, Director Environment, CDA distributed certificates among the participants and highlighted CDA’s contribution towards environmental development of the capital.
Ms Shazia Shaheen, Head of Program, underscored SPO’s work on capacity building against climate change and developing resilient solutions at local levels. RFI and SPO committed to continue trainings for journalists and other stakeholders in the country.