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October 31, 2022

Noor’s mother recently traveled to Pakistan to donate to and help displaced people. Regarding her mother’s experience, Noor said, “The one thing we can do is help those in need. People need supplies, they need better places, they need homes that can stand the water, and they need places where people care for them.”

The BBC reported that the U.N. has officially launched an aid appeal as of August 30, 2022, to help out those affected by the natural disaster in Pakistan, but help is still needed. 

In a written report, the Congressional Research Service states that 5.2 million people require humanitarian necessities such as food, water, protection, and health care. 

Countless Islamic organizations provide direct relief for flood victims, including Islamic Relief USA (IRUSA). 

They have provided shelter and food rations and have also been fighting the more significant issue at hand, climate change. The IRUSA has raised approximately $340 thousand to help with the monsoon floods. 

A door of a home damaged by the flooding stands ajar. (Photo provided to The Cat’s Eye by Saeeda Quershi)

UNICEF, the well-known international relief organization, also founded a campaign to help fund relief for flood victims.

However, the best thing RCHS students can do to reduce climate change is “use less electricity and not drive as much,” said Sealy, “but really, it needs to be corporate-wide, country-wide, there needs to be political force behind it.” 

As the people of Pakistan begin to move back into their homes, we must reflect on the state of rapid climate change.  

To help Pakistan and other countries affected by climate change, arguably the entire world, Sealy said, “Vote. Do your research on candidates and vote for people who are willing to make the changes to reduce climate change. Getting educated and spreading awareness is one of the most important things we can do.”

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