2021 Sarfraz Pakistan Lecture

Thursday 25 November 2021 18:00 - 19:00
Add to Calendar 2021-11-25T18:00:002021-11-25T19:00:00 2021 Sarfraz Pakistan LectureThe Leonard Wolfson Auditorium
The Leonard Wolfson Auditorium
Professor Adil Najam
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Annual Lecture
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There is provision for wheelchair users.
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The annual Sarfraz Pakistan Lecture will be delivered in 2021 by Professor Adil Najam, Dean of the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University and Former Vice-Chancellor of Lahore University of Management Studies (LUMS).

The lecture will take place in the Leonard Wolfson Auditorium (LWA). The lecture will be also livestreamed online, weblink to follow.

The College operates a mandatory indoor face coverings and one-metre social distancing policy, and we can therefore offer just over 60 spaces are in the LWA.

Free tickets for the LWA are bookable via Eventbrite at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wolfson-college-sarfraz-pakistan-lecture-2021-tickets-193633431807 

Please see lecture title and abstract below.


Age of Adaptation: Climate Change as Viewed from Pakistan

Because the world has been unwilling and unable to respond to the threat of global climate change in time with appropriate measures of mitigation, we are now condemned to live in the “Age of Adaptation.” Adaptation, after all, is essentially the failure of mitigation. This does not mean that the need to mitigate has gone away – the less we mitigate today, the more we will have to adapt to the impacts of climate change tomorrow. This does, however, mean that dealing with the impacts and consequences of climate change is no longer a ‘future’ challenge. It is a pressing and immediate challenge – most so in high vulnerability countries like Pakistan which are economically impoverished and climatically imperiled. Ignoring the impacts of climate change is no longer a luxury that any country can afford; least of all, Pakistan.

The talk will explore (a) how we came upon the Age of Adaptation; (b) what it means to live in the Age of Adaptation; (c) what specific challenges does the Age of Adaptation pose for Pakistan, particularly in relation to water, food, and security; and (d) finally argue that while there is much to be concerned about in the Age of Adaptation, there are also opportunities imbedded in it, particularly, because good adaptation can equal good development.