If I were Planet Earth I would be crying…

If I were Planet Earth I would be crying…

If I were Planet Earth I would be crying…

Ehsaan Khan – Student of grade 4

 

If I were planet earth I would be crying because men cut down trees and forests and also burn them. Therefore,  we have fewer trees and less greenery. I love trees because they give us fresh air, shade and stop big rocks from sliding.

If I were planet earth I would be crying because people throw plastic bottles, glass bottles and trash everywhere in streets, markets, oceans, lakes, river etc. This is not healthy for us, animals and for aquatic life.

 

 

If I were planet earth I would be crying due to burning of plastic bags. When we burn they release  dangerous smoke in the air making it unhealthy for our lungs, including of those who burn it. We must stop producing and using plastic bags. Already existing plastic bags should be recycled to make interesting and beautiful things.

 

 

Let us make a promise that:

  • We will not cut down trees.
  • We will not put trash and plastic bottles in streets, ,markets, oceans and lakes.
  • We will not produce and use plastic bags.
  • We will recycle existing plastic bags and will not not burn them. 
  • We will take care of our earth and our environment. 
  • We will fight against climate change.

 

Ehsaan is a grade 4 student with a school in Rawalpindi Pakistan.  This manuscript received first position in a creative writing competition at his school. 

Picture credits: a) Burning trees and globe by Pixabay, b) Bottles by Mali Maedar .

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Climate Change and Thal Desert: Concerns of a Rural Woman

Climate Change and Thal Desert: Concerns of a Rural Woman

Ms Mehvish Majeed

 

Today I want to share my thoughts about a problem which every living being is facing. I mean Climate Change and rising temperature of the earth.

I visited recently THAL desert in Punjab, Pakistan.  In winter, it used to present beautiful scenic views due to its greenery.  Unfortunately, this year there is no greenery due to scanty rainfall in the area.

People are unable to cultivate their crops this year. This is an alarming situation. Problem is not limited to income loss but also affecting normal living.

People are facing shortage of drinking water. At some places the water is very contaminated, unfit for drinking. But due to poverty and lack of resources, people are bound to drink that polluted water. They cannot afford to fetch water from main city which is 30 to 35 kilometers away from their residences.

The conditions of women and children are the worst. Their physical appearance was showing their miserable health. This is a sad reality that people in this area are helpless. Even in case of emergency, ambulance takes about one hour or more to reach.

In this era, people of THAL are still living in miserable conditions. The problem is not too big to be solved but it requires competent authorities to take interest.  Not a single department is showing any concern regarding these problems.

If such problems are not eradicated timely, I am afraid, we will lose the natural beauty of our land and eventually many valuable lives.

 

Ms Mehvish Majeed is a rural woman from Layyah, Punjab and associated with education sector. Please send your comments to crvoices@gmail.com

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Climate Change has a women face – Observations from Vietnam

Climate Change has a women face – Observations from Vietnam

By Nasir Aziz

The old thinking about women would not work anymore. This is the time for a paradigm shift in our behaviours and attitudes against resource poor women farmers. The threats of climate change are no longer hidden and women farmers are the most affected segment of society.

It is loud and clear that the Climate Change has a women face. If we are still not ready to bring resource poor women at the fore front then we must be ready to face failures against climate change.

Smallholder women farmers play an important role in food production in Pakistan as 72.7% women are engaged in agriculture and related activities.  I will come to Pakistan in later blogs but here I want to share that the situation against women farmers is common in different parts of Asia.

The nexus among food security, climate change and women reminds me of my field visit to a coastal zone in Vietnam during the Sixth International Conference on Community-based Adaptation, held in Hanoi in 2012.

I still appreciate the diversification of livelihoods in various parts of Ninh Binh province in Vietnam  but I hardly observed any prioritizing of women who made the rice fields lush green, collected clam  (harvesting oysters, squids etc) from the mud – sold by men at heavy price, prepared beds for vegetables while compromising their health and bearing  the brunt of the impact of climate change.

Even the men farmers hardly knew about the climate change concept, let alone resource poor women. The women in the field shared that they had never heard the word: climate change. They only felt that their lives were changing. They shared that incidences of diseases in poultry and animals were increasing manifold and the expenses were increasing on livestock care.

I felt during the visit if men were like a house and the women were like a powerful roof that faces all the brutalities of extreme weather to save the house and its inmates.

This cannot continue forever. This is time to change our thinking.  Empowering women is the right way to fight with the ever increasing climate change threats. Avenues must be created at every level for women to take a lead in fighting for their causes and for claiming their rights. Involving women in relevant policies and budgetary allocations are the key responsibilities of the governments.   

Otherwise, fight against climate change is hard to win.  All the developmental efforts through Sustainable Development Goals, reducing poverty and hunger would not yield the desirable results.

 

Mr Nasir Aziz is an expert on livelihoods, food and sustainable agriculture with over 15 years of experience with national and international development organizations.

Title Picture: Woman Farmer in Vietnam. Picture Credit to Nasir Aziz

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