Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Flooding in Pakistan: Climate Justice, Mitigation and Adaptation

Monday, November 7, 2022

11:00am EST / 9pm PKT

More than 1500 people have died and 33 million people have been affected by weeks of torrential rain and flooding in Pakistan. While the devastation from the floods this year is indeed catastrophic, resistance to environmental ruin has long standing roots in the very regions in Pakistan we see most affected today. 

In this panel, we hope to engage the deep knowledge and praxis of scholars and organizers with commitments to community struggles relating to questions of climate and the environment. We aim to address: how do issues of climate change and climate justice intersect with the localized struggles over water, land, resources and a way of life for those who inhabit these regions? How has grassroots organizing around climate justice overlapped and engaged with feminist, youth and anti-state movements? How do these regional perspectives intervene in the global conversation around climate justice and reparations? We aim to bring a historical and scholarly perspective to not only the story of climate change in Pakistan but also in relation to national and international politics and policies that have led to this moment—from canal irrigation, large scale dam infrastructure to land development projects. 

Discussing calls for reparation, mitigation as well as adaptation, the panel will also discuss ways they see a for moving forward in the wake of climate disaster and environmental collapse.

Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Jr.
(Artist, Environmental Activist)
Fazale Rab Lund  (Environmental Activist)
Marvi Latifi (Women's Democratic Forum, Activist)

Zehra Hashmi 
(Brown University)
Ahsan Kamal (Quaid-e-Azam University)


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