Save the Children in collaboration with the Ministry of Climate Change launches the Pakistan Chapter of the “Red Alert Campaign” on Climate and Environment Conservation.
Press Statement – Save the Children in collaboration with the Ministry of Climate Change launches the Pakistan Chapter of the “Red Alert Campaign” on Climate and Environment Conservation.
07 June 2021, Islamabad -- Pakistan is hosting World Environment Day 2021 in partnership with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). To commemorate the occasion, Save the Children in collaboration with the Ministry of Climate Change launched a “Red Alert Campaign” on climate change and environmental conservation – a campaign geared towards placing child rights and voices at the center of the climate crisis. Notably, the launch of the Red Alert campaign was inaugurated by the Honorable Minister for Climate Change, Mr. Malik Amin Aslam. Honorary Guest Speakers included H.E. Bernhard Schlagheck, the German Ambassador to Pakistan; H.E. Wendy Gilmour, the Canadian High Commissioner; Mr. Richard Snelsire, the US Acting Deputy Chief of Mission; and Mr. Amir Ramzan, Country Director of the British Council in Pakistan.
The Red Alert Campaign is an initiative of Save the Children in Asia and has been launched in over 15 countries across the region. The launch event fostered an insightful, interactive and critical discussion on the urgency of the climate crisis, bringing the youth together with global leaders, policymakers and civil society. The Red Alert campaign is a youth focused advocacy initiative, and in that spirit a few of Pakistan’s young climate activists discussed issues and potential solutions related to climate change from the perspective of the youth. The young activists also urged global leaders, particularly those belonging to industrialized countries, to increase efforts to combat the impending climate crisis for the sake of future generations.
Mr. Khuram Gondal, Country Director of Save the Children Pakistan, gave the welcoming remarks at the event. He spoke about the significance of targeting and involving the youth in climate related discourse and action by providing them with platforms to raise their voice, share their ideas and opinions, and engage with decision makers and policymakers about climate change at the national, regional and global level. Mr. Shaheen Chughtai, Save the Children’s Regional Advocacy Coordination for Asia also addressed the audience, explaining the vision behind launching this youth led and youth driven campaign.
H.E. Bernhard Schlagheck, the German Ambassador to Pakistan spoke about how countries across the world need to ensure that economic development respects and safeguards nature and the environment. H.E. Wendy Gilmour, highlighted that Pakistan is the fifth most vulnerable Country to the impacts of Climate Change, and also emphasized the importance of involving the youth in dialogue and policy making, as they will be the ones most affected by the climate crisis in the future. Mr. Richard Snelsire, the US Acting Deputy Chief of Mission, also reiterated the commitment of the United States to reestablish itself as a leader in the fight against climate change.
Mr. Amir Ramzan, Pakistan Country Director of the British Council, specifically emphasized the role of research and education in encouraging greater youth involvement in climate related policy and discourse. Mr. Ahmad Saeed, Save the Children’s Climate Advisor for Pakistan explained how climate change is one of the key priority areas of Save the Children International (SCI). The climate crisis is a grave threat to children’s rights and presents the risk of exacerbating inequalities within and across borders and generations. In an effort to account for the disproportionate impact that climate change is having on children and the youth, Save the Children has taken several initiatives to counter and address the issue, within Pakistan and across the globe. In Pakistan, this has included programs to increase youth engagement in the revision of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement.
The Honorable Minister for Climate Change, Mr. Malik Amin Aslam, commended the efforts of Save the Children and formally launched the official Pakistan Chapter of the Red Alert on Climate Change Campaign. He noted that the campaign was in line with the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has worked tirelessly to mainstream the urgency of the climate crisis and climate related discourse. He stated that he hoped the campaign would bring greater visibility to climate related issues, with children and the youth at the center of the crisis.