THE IMPACT OF POST-COVID-19 ECONOMIC RECESSION ON PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN PAKISTAN

Authors

  • Shariq Waheed
  • Husnain Waheed

Abstract

The interconnection between economic development, fervid crossovers in the frame of
contagious diseases, and environmental problems, in particular, have, until now, seen
less scrutiny from environmental economists. Empirical evidence suggests that great
economic recessions have proven to affect the prioritization of environmental and
climate protection. The current study surveys the perception of the residents of Lahore,
Pakistan regarding their environmental concerns, attitudes, and awareness of climate
change issues at the time of post-COVID-19 economic crises. Furthermore, the present
study investigates several factors impacting the environmental behavior of mainstream
society. A cross-sectional quantitative research design was utilized to gather data from
respondents belonging to a public university in Pakistan. The findings reveal that
climate change is viewed as one of the main ecological problems in Lahore, Pakistan.
In any case, the ongoing post-COVID-19 economic recession in Pakistan has switched
the advancement done regarding the awareness and attention of mainstream society
relating to Climate change. The present research has several implications as
identifying rising challenges of economic and climate-related threats can aid in
adopting a more dynamic approach to strategic and structural investments. The
current paper suggests immediate action against the present extensive financial
challenges to turn away the drawn-out impacts of climate change. Moreover, the study
also suggests robust policy interventions against financial instability to ensure
collective as well as individual effort against climate change for a stable and
sustainable future.

 

Author Biographies

Shariq Waheed

 

 

Husnain Waheed

 

 

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Published

2023-03-13