EWT and PAGAJ organized DFE on Population and Environment

12 July 2014


Islamabad: Environmental Watch Trust (EWT) and Pakistan Association of Green Agricultural Journalists (PAGAJ) jointly organize DFE on Population and Environment in connection with the World Population Day in Baidari e Fiker Forum Islamabad. Chairperson Environmental Watch Trust Shumaila Javed Bhatti was the keynote speaker. Shumaila Javed Bhatti in her opening remarks Said the relationship between population. Climate change and the environment is complex. Today’s 1.8 billion young people are shaping social and economic realities, challenging norms and values, and building the foundation of the world’s future. Yet too many young people continue to grapple with poverty, inequality and human rights violations that prevent them from reaching their personal and collective potential. On 2014 World Population Day, we call for investments in support of the largest-ever generation of youth. Pakistan’s major portion of population is consisting of youth. By investing in young people we can utilized their potential for a bright future and environmental protection.

Climate change badly effect poor rural population and environment. “Societies’ environmental impacts take two major forms. First, we consume resources such as land, food, water, soils, and services from healthy ecosystems, such as water filtration through wetlands. Second, we emit wastes as a product of our consumption activities, including air and water pollutants, toxic materials, greenhouse gases, and excess nutrients. Some wastes, such as untreated sewage and many pollutants, threaten human health. Others disrupt natural ecosystem functions: for example, excess nitrogen in water supplies causes algal blooms that deplete oxygen and kill fish” Chairperson Environmental Watch Trust Shumaila Javed Bhatti added.

Chairman Environmental Ngo DOSTEE Dr Sajid Khakwani said that large societies consume more resources than small ones, but consumption patterns and technology choices may account for more environmental harms than sheer numbers of people. Economies tend to become more high-polluting during early stages of economic development because they first adapt inexpensive technologies that are relatively inefficient—for example, simple manufacturing systems and basic consumer goods such as cars. As income rises and technologies diffuse through society, consumers start to value environmental quality more highly and become more able to pay for it.

Chairman Pakistan Association of Green Agricultural Journalists (PAGAJ) Raja Javed Ali Bhatti said that Population pressures have degraded some 2 billion hectares of cultivable land- an area the size of USA and Canada put together. Global warming also cause droughts and disrupt agriculture. in every environmental sector, conditions have either failed to improve, or they are worsening. In Public Health Unclean water along with poor sanitation, kills over 12 million people each year. Water pollution is a serious problem everywhere. Air pollution kills nearly 3 million people. Air pollution, already a serious problem in cities, is becoming worse as urban population grown and the number of motor vehicles rises.  Heavy metals and other contaminants also cause health problems. Developed countries and international financial institutions can promote technology transfer to reduce the environmental impacts of growth in developing countries. As the world’s population grows, improving living standards without destroying the Environment is a Global challenge.

Most developing countries with rapid population growth face the urgent need to improve living standards. As we exploit the nature to meet the present needs, we are destroying the resources needed for the future. The Earth’s surface is warming due to greenhouse gas emissions, largely from burning fossil fuels. If the global temperature rises as projected, sea levels would rise by several meters, causing widespread flooding.

Questions about Islamic point of view also and population control were also raised and deployed Islam talk about balance in everything.

Published in Zarai Media

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