We believe: Think Globally, Act Locally
Background: Climate change is a serious threat to the security and prosperity of the world in the twenty-first century. Although it is an inherently global problem but its impacts will not be felt equally across our planet. Developing countries are much more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Pakistan is already a resource poor country with a very high and fast growing population, very low natural resource base and peculiar unfavorable local socio-cultural conditions. Climate change is an additional stress for this country. According to a recently published index, Pakistan was ranked 12th on the list of countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. In recent years knowledge and awareness about climate change in urban areas of Pakistan have increased mainly because of national and international efforts. However, the debate is more among the scientific experts and the governments, but general public of the rural areas of Pakistan is still not part of the debate about climate change and disaster risk reductions
In day-to-day life, climate change is not easily distinguished from climate variability, which is happening with or without global warming factors. Thus, it is imperative to make the general public aware of climate change and its impacts in such a way that they can contribute to reduce climate change adverse impacts. People should be at the centre of development and any development agenda will be futile if greater public support is unavailable.
To enlighten the public about this scientific related issue, it is important to make the message easily understandable. Therefore, SEARCH starts to increase awareness on climate change in different districts of Pakistan mainly in district Dadu of Sindh province. A subset of the SEARCH’s initiative is an action of the Environmental Justice and Climate Change. It is a action to provide leadership development for young activists, writers, and researchers from disproportionately affected communities and to invigorate a new constituency for climate action. SEARCH believes effective political movements emerge out of strong communities, and youth, communities, writers will be trained to act for energy/climate, food security, land, agriculture, forest, and other environmental issues.