Malik Amin Aslam downplayed the talk of Pakistan not being invited to the U.S. climate change moot as it is primarily for the major greenhouse gas producers
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Climate Change Malik Amin Aslam refused the social media hype raising fingers about Pakistan’s position at the global level after not receiving an invitation to the leaders’ summit on climate change from the U.S.
Aslam clarified that the virtual moot will host the leaders of the countries most responsible for the global greenhouse gases (GHGs) emissions causing serious environmental degradation. He said that the meet will discuss how to control these emissions and counter the immediate threat to the planet. He further claimed that Pakistan can school these 40 countries how to successfully present and implement solutions for climate change.
“Pakistan can invite those 40 countries for a global sitting on climate change and extend ground based tested and successful solutions being implemented in the country to address climate change,” he added.
The SAPM also mentioned the much appreciated 10 billion trees tsunami which has received a lot of attention internationally. He added that independent bodies were monitoring the progress of these projects.
“We have got the 10 Billion Tree Tsunami project recognized by the world and ratified by international environmental conservation INGOs like WWF, IUCN who are also conducting third party independent monitoring of the project,” Amin said.
Aslam further said that the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has announced a 10 billion tree plantation program, on the same lines as the afforestation project undertaken in Pakistan.
“Pakistan is part of Bureau of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) conference of parties’ climate change negotiations and is also its Vice President where the country has to play a significant role,” Aslam added, mentioning Pakistan’s position on climate at the international level.
Pakistan has played an important role in lowering its carbon footprint. However, unless the industrial giants like the U.S. and China do not step up to bring about change, the global warming threat will continue to loom over everyone’s head and the planet will continue to suffer. One can hope that some positive news will come out of the moot taking place in the U.S.