Centre may ask provinces to add climate change in curriculum

ISLAMABAD – Senate’s Standing Committee on Climate Change on Thursday directed Ministry of Climate Change Secretary Arif Ahmed Khan to write a letter to chief secretaries of all provinces for including climate change subject in the curriculum at primary level.

The meeting – chaired by Senator Mir Muhammad Yousaf Badini – was briefed by the secretary. Senator Badini said that provinces would be asked to include climate change as subject in the curriculum from second class with an objective to create awareness among the future generation about environmental issue.

– Environment issues as election campaign –

He directed the secretary to write a letter to provincial governments where local bodies’ elections were held to engage elected representatives to create awareness among masses at the grassroots level about the climate change. In those areas where the local government elections were yet to be held, he said the candidates should be involved to highlight negative effects of environmental degradation in their election campaign.

The secretary informed the committee that the climate change funds would be established to finance the climate change projects to create awareness among the masses. He said that the climate change policy had been finalised and would be tabled in the parliament for approval soon.

After the 18th amendments, subject of climate change had been devolved to provinces, he said, adding it was the responsibility of the federating units to implement policy. “We will urge the province to implement the policy and guide line on the climate change,” he said.

He said that chief secretaries of the provinces had also been approached in the regard. The secretary said that unprecedented events would be happening in Pakistan if the guidelines given in the climate change policy were not followed. During current season, around five heatwaves happened in Pakistan which was unprecedented, he said.

He also asked the senators to use their influence and good offices to create awareness among the people regarding climate change. The committee asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to send a report about environment impact assessment report to the Ministry of Climate Change of I/9 and I/10 industrial areas. The committee suggested to shift industrial area from the populated areas.

Officials of CDA informed the committee that keeping in view the environmental point of view one line of the Islamabad Express Highway excluded from the original programme. He said that it has also the plan to plant more than 23,000 trees along with the Express Highway. The meeting was attended by Senator Sitara Ayaz, Senator Gul Bashra, Senator Nehal Hashmi, Senator Ahmed Hassan and Senator Samina Abid.

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