Sometimes, I personally feel we have not done enough to internationalize the devastation of ongoing flooding.
The Minute Mirror dedicates its editorial space and front and back pages for flood-related issues.
Even today’s editorial is about the need of asking the world to compensate the losses. Based on the report of the World Weather Attribution, an international meteorological expert group, the editorial suggests that Pakistan ask for compensation from the developed world for the damage their actions have done to the third world. “Climate reparations must be introduced now that the effects of it can be truly seen. Pakistan is responsible for less than 1% of the global emissions, so why should it suffer?”
If the industrialized world keeps up its emissions, Pakistan will continue to experience severe floods over the course of the next ten years, which might eventually cause our rivers to dry up and our land to become unusable for growing food crops.
We must keep focusing on this issue in order to draw the world’s attention to it.
However, when it comes to covering Pakistan’s flooding, the international media continues to turn a blind eye.
The UN General Secretary was in Pakistan for three days to express solidarity with flood-ravaged Pakistan. No international news organisations sent crews to cover his appearances in Pakistan.
What should we do to gain international attention?
We require intellectuals and writers whose work is recognised around the world.
Do we have international writers or individuals who have achieved international fame?
Pakistan has a large number of experts who can speak or write about the Taliban in Afghanistan or nuclear power.
Angelina Jolie, who visited Pakistan during the peak flood days in 2010 and made headlines for her heartfelt photo shoots with flood victims, should be invited.
Capitalism is unquestionably brutal. It is not enough to acknowledge that rivers are drying up and forests are being destroyed in the name of profiteering. Despite this, many committed people around the world continue to warn humanity about climate change based on data gathered through diligent research. Their dedication is forcing governments and politicians in the United States and Europe to impose a “carbon tax” on large industrialists. Profiteers are, therefore, forced to seek out environmentally friendly alternatives. The rest of the world is aware of Pakistan’s impending destruction as a result of industrialised countries’ widespread pollution. However, the question of how to improve our “narrative” about the environment arises.
Many countries around the world have experts searching for solutions to the problems caused by climate change. Pakistan can serve as a testing ground for such volunteers. In order to attract them, we must also ensure that we do not regard them as “spies” if they approach us. With your traditional hospitality, try to win their hearts.
Over the last few years, the rains have begun to deviate from the norm. In March of this year, unlike our usual heat, Pakistan experienced a heat wave that harmed our wheat crop. Agriculture research is being conducted extensively in India and China.
Pakistan should invite China, who has been a longtime friend of Pakistan, to share the findings of their research with us. Since the 1960s, numerous institutes have been engaged in agricultural research. It is unknown how many individuals connected to them are working on studies to find a solution to the potential food crisis. Most of the time, their performance is reflected in the shape of poorly-constructed press releases in which they demand funds, permanent job status, and other issues. Otherwise, they keep on replicating foreign work in domestic conditions.
This must stop now.