September 7, 2022: -Pakistan is facing the worst consequences of the climate crisis thanks partly to the actions of the developed world, Finance Minister Miftah Ismail said, as the country battles the worst floods in its history.
“Pakistan is one of the worst-affected countries by climate change. We have, as you know, a very, very small carbon footprint; we don’t produce carbon dioxide and other harmful gases,” Ismail told CNBC.
“And yet we have to, you know, we have to share, we have to face the brunt of development elsewhere in the world, in the designed countries and elsewhere in Asia.”
“Pakistan has to face the climate crisis, and the world has to wake up to this reality that a poor country such as Pakistan, which is not producing any carbon dioxide, which donates to the greenhouse effect, is suffering the worst.”
Damage from the devastating floods is set to reach $10 billion, according to the Pakistani regime, and has killed more than 1,300 people and destroyed 1.2 million homes, official data shows.
Thirty-three million people live affected by the floods, which started with the arrival of the monsoon in the previous June. Over a third of the country is underwater.
Ismail said while more additional economic aid from the international community is welcome, what it needs to do now is to get serious about tackling climate change.
“What is it the world can accomplish to mitigate this right now, the situation in Pakistan?” Ismail added.
“I think one has to come jointly good now and think about climate change and the effect on growing countries.”
The United Nations, in launching a $160 million emergency plan to aid Pakistan last week, told the floods as “the footprint of climate change,” which is “becoming additional extreme.” The country experienced an unprecedented heat wave in March and April before the “pendulum” swung to floods, the U.N.’s World Meteorological Organization said.
Pakistan’s Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman said the country “has paid the price of others’ emissions.”
“Global warming is not generated by Pakistan at all. And global warming leads to heatwaves, flooding, and glacial melt. Developed nations must make the transitions and observe through on the pledges they have made at COP, from Paris to now,” she said on her official Twitter account.