Climate change affecting labor class: moot toldSeptember 22, 2015
KARACHI: International Union of Food Workers (IUF) Pakistan organised a Seminar on Climate change and its effect on livelihoodâ€ at Regent Plaza, Karachi.
The core objective of the seminar was to create awareness among the workers that how climate change is directly affecting the livelihood and their food security.
Speaking to the audience Qamar-ul-Hassan, South Asia Officer IUF said that climate change is directly affecting working class and food security, specially agriculture workers and fish workers. The industrialization of developed countries had risen the temperature of earth as they released more CO2 gas in the air. He further highlighted the recent heat-wave in Karachi, which took lives of more than 1200 people in a week time, which belonged to working class.
Ammar Guriro, Freelance Journalist and trainer on environmental issues said that climate change forced people to migrate from one place to another and recent flood 2010 migrated agriculture workers to big cities Karachi and Hyderabad. The poverty has risen as they are homeless and food insecure and government is not paying its any attention to their problems.
Saeed Baloch, General Secretary of Fishermen Cooperative Society said pollution and climate are influencing income of low strata of fish workers and spreading diseases who are living at sea belt.
Tanvir Arif, CEO of Scope, said that developing and developed countries are not concerned about this issue and they are not working together to solve issues. Pakistan is mostly stressed and its 1/5th agriculture land in coastal areas had been submerged by the intrusion of sea water, while some parts of Sindh province are still facing the problem of flood water standing in their fields. Climate change will create serious problem for food security and it will increase death of women and children.
In the end, participants agreed to struggle together to reduce the impacts of climate change by raising the issue regional and globally. More than 60 participants from different civil society organisations, and trade unions activist attended the seminar.