Climate change is an everyday reality for Pakistani citizens. Their livelihoods are affected by water issues – too little, too much, too dirty. As a journalist, Amar Guriro is determined to report on these challenges to raise awareness among local communities, politicians and policy makers of the ongoing environmental emergency in Pakistan.

A conversation about water scarcity, climate-resilient solutions and the power of journalism.

“Every person needs to get on board to slow down climate change”, Guriro says. He explains the emergency situation in his country. Pakistan experienced a number of floods in the past years, and there are longer droughts, which complicates the water scarcity problem.

“Pakistan’s river Indus delta has almost died”, Guriro continues. “There is hardly any water to keep it alive.” Due to acute water shortage in the creeks of the river, upstream dams and sea level rise, people are now moving away from the mangroves to other areas.

A young man is digging a well near Chhini village in Kachho region. Photo: Amar Guriro

Amar Guriro also shares solutions to tackle this urgent water scarcity issue: “We need to apply water techniques in agriculture. One of the sustainable water solutions, for example, is the low cost solar-powered water pump that provides reliable irrigation for remote communities.”

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Residents of Shah Hassan village on their way to fetch water. Photo: Amar Guriro