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20 Sep 2019 | 10:57 AM UTC

Pakistan: Protests over climate change inaction in 26 cities September 20

Pakistan News Alert

Protests over climate change inaction to take place in 26 cities, September 20; localized disruptions and heightened security presence anticipated

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/20/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/21/2019, 11:59 PM (Asia/Karachi). COUNTRY/REGION Pakistan

Event

Rallies organized by the citizen-led movement "Climate Action Now" will be held simultaneously in 26 cities across Pakistan on Friday, September 20, to declare a climate emergency and demand climate action from the government. Locations include the cities of Faislabad, Peshawar, GhotkiMardan, Mithi, Thatta, Kasur, Kotli, Chagai, Killa Abdullah, Chitral, and Gilgit.

In Karachi, the march is expected to start at the Frere Hall at 16:00 (local time).

In Lahore, protesters are expected to gather at 15:00 at the local Press Club and then march across the city from 16:00.

Localized transportation disruptions and a heightened security presence are likely in the vicinity of any demonstration.

Context

The demonstrations are part of protests taking place in 150 countries on Friday, September 20, calling for environmental action ahead of the United Nation Emergency Climate Summit in New York on Monday, September 23.

The activist group ''Climate Action Now'' is asking the government to adopt a low-carbon economy and ensure grass-root level climate adaptation effort.

Advice

Individuals in Pakistan are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate crowds, localized disruptions, and a heightened security presence near demonstrations, and avoid all public or political demonstrations as a precaution.

 

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