Just yesterday two of Pakistan’s cities were named among world’s most polluted cities and it should now serve as a wake-up call that the challenge is growing, while we are failing to tackle the issue effectively. Faisalabad stood on number third while Lahore was number 10, both cities having the air quality far worse than internationally declared ‘safe’ standards.
Pakistan produces about 20m tonnes of waste every year. From this, half of it is dumped, burned or throw in the river. It is leading to increasing diseases, flooding and pollution. In this pictorial journey, we will try to reflect where we stand, why we need to urgently take concrete steps to fight it since with having health implications, it is also costing us economically to a great extent as well.
(photography by Hazel Thompson/Tearfund*)
*Tearfund is a British NGO working in Pakistan to improve the collection and disposal of waste and the Department for International Development has agreed to match each donation given to the NGO, up to £2m.
Originally published in The Guardian
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