Were the heavy rains in many parts of Pakistan last year, a fluke? Were other natural-human disasters in recent years outcome of a long-term trend? Pakistan is among the countries that will be most severely affected by the long-term consequences of climate change. We need to prepare ourselves better for a challenging future. This panel will explore questions such as: what went wrong with human interaction with the environment? What are the implications of climate change, particularly for a country like Pakistan? Will technology eventually solve this challenge? Do small steps matter or do we need revolutionary changes in our economic order? What responsibility do we have towards educating children about tomorrow’s climate? What is at stake otherwise?
Afia Salam | Journalist and Climate Change Advocate
Afia Salam is a journalist and development practitioner. She has over 4 decades of experience in the print, electronic and digital media. She writes and speaks about issues wearing a rights-based lens including gender, water, climate justice and rights of the marginalised. She is an environment and climate change advocate. She has headed IUCN Pakistan’s Education and Communications Unit is a member of the IUCN Commission on Education and Communications and Commission on Economic and Social Policy. Afia was also a part of the curriculum review committee set up by Government of Sindh Education and Literacy Department. Besides, she was the Communications Lead of Badal Do, a 2-year school improvement programme, and is currently a part of the Review Committee for the Single National Curriculum to assess inclusion of Climate Change and environment in Geography and Science at the secondary school level.
Nawab Ali Khan | CEO, AKAH (Pakistan)
Mr. Khan is the founding Chief Executive of the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) in Pakistan. AKAH was created in 2016 to address the increasing threat posed by natural disasters and climate change. Mr. Khan has a Master of Science Degree in International Development Planning from the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development, University of Guelph, Canada and has over 20 years of experience of leadership of human Habitat related development programmes. Under his leadership, in 2020, AKAH received the World Habitat Award (Gold Category) for its unique approach of blending indigenous knowledge with modern science to help address natural disaster risks in human settlements.
Dr Fozia Parveen | DPhil, University of Oxford
Dr Fozia Parveen is a postdoctoral fellow and an adjunct faculty at the Centre for Water Informatics and Technology (WIT) at LUMS. She is trained in environmental science. Her lab research focuses on water and wastewater treatment, its microbiology and application. Currently, she is working on aquatic microplastic pollution employing an interdisciplinary approach which includes a project with the waste scavenging community in Lahore. She believes in taking the research from the lab to the field and bringing information from the field to research communities residing in academia. Together with her friends she has also started a discussion and awareness forum called ‘Meer-e-Karwan’ where she especially emphasises on environmental problems and women rights, amongst other issues.
Nazifa Butt | Senior Manager, Climate and Energy Programme, WWF Pakistan
Ms Nazifa has been associated with the WWF Pakistan for the past 10 years and has a rich experience of working on areas like Climate Change, Renewable Energy, Environmental Impact Assessment, Programme Development, Corporate Sustainability, Solid Waste Management and Circular Economy. She is the Lead Auditor EMS, ISO 14001 and has conducted a number of environmental audits and trainings in the private and public sector and academia. Besides, Ms. Nazifa is also the Head for Corporate Partnerships and Fundraising at WWF-Pakistan and has carried out various corporate and citizens engagement activities with the corporate sector and community. Besides, she is currently engaged in revising Pakistan's Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for which she has organised several provincial and federal level stakeholder consultations.
Institute for Educational Development, Aga Khan University