So Pakistan is in the spotlight again for recording the highest temperatures ever in April, in modern times. As if we needed another reason for the undecided to run from this stereotyped hard country and never look back.
Nawabshah was burning at 500 Celsius when it should’ve been a manageable 30 0 C outside. Researchers say Pakistan will experience summer days that are 5 0 C hotter (average) than what you have right now—within the next 50 years.
Our Glaciers, the refrigerators of this region, are receding several square Kilometers every year. Fewer Glaciers, less water, less vegetation leads to high temperatures.
Our forest cover has reduced from 4% of the total mass in 1947 to 1% in 2017—most of it due to illegal trade and unbridled urbanization but a lot of it due to climate change.
I have seen pine tree die off in Ziarat, Quetta, Azad Kashmir and KPK, due to unusual heat, abnormal weather patterns, and rampant sub-soil water use.
I swear, those 50 people did not have to die in Karachi heat spike of 2017 that was blamed on load shedding.
Right now we have more people, more garbage, more animals, retreating environment and low productivity as a consequence
We can always blame the power-house countries for ejecting clouds of Carbon into the atmosphere—which might be true to a certain extent—- China, USA, European Union and India are the top Carbon Dioxide emitters —this doesn’t absolve Pakistan from blame.
The real cause of our collective misery is poor governance.
When you have extractive (exploitative) institutions, that are busy protecting the interests of their social class, there is very little consideration for the daily wager that dies in the sweltering summer heat. His children will probably be malnourished, food poisoned, mentally and physical stunted, dehydrated and poor like their father—all thanks to poor governance.
No one stopped us from planting trees, improving urban living, recycling garbage and water, reducing population growth in man and animals, producing clean energy (solar, hydro, wind), public transportation, practice weather modification, insulating homes and eating organic.
Mother Nature has a cruel fail-safe in case we mess with it for too long.
China, USA, and India are actively practicing weather-modification. China has an ambitious program to induce rain in the Northern regions by spraying Silver Iodide in the atmosphere.
There are always supercooled vapors in the clouds; we just have to tickle them with fine chemicals to bring in the rain.
We just have to ‘choona’ everything white, including roads, in the urban humid cauldron and let the wind blow through. It’s that simple!
I mean how expensive can it be to White-wash (Calcium Carbonate ‘choona’) our roof tops or cover them with clinging vines to reduce our carbon footprint? It’s just a few thousand rupees for tens of thousands saved in electricity and health bills.
I have tried it myself, it brings down the temperature of the room at least 5-7 degrees Celsius.
The conclusion is that we don’t need to increase our people footprint; we need to increase our quality, productivity, innovation footprint, all the while living in harmony with Mother Nature.
As for the governance part, that comes from quality institutions that are accountable to the people. This I leave for another day. Thanks for reading.