Ahmad “Rafay” Alam is a Pakistani environmental lawyer and activist. In 2013, after over a decade of practicing corporate and constitutional law, Rafay co-founded Saleem, Alam & Co., a firm that specializes in the energy, water, natural resources, and urban infrastructure sectors. As one of Pakistan's leading environment lawyers, Rafay regularly advises the federal and provincial governments, the World Bank, ADB, IFC and a number of INGOs on issues of policy and strategy in these sectors, and he provides corporate clients strategic sustainability insights.
Familiar with how government functions in Pakistan, Rafay has served as Chairman of the Board of two public sector utilities: the Lahore Electric Supply Company and the Lahore Waste Management Company; and as founding Vice-President of the Urban Unit he over saw the growth of the Punjab's only public sector urban think-tank. Rafay also serves as a Member of the Pakistan Climate Change Council, the Punjab Environment Protection Council, the Hisaar Foundation’s Tank on the Rational Use of Water, and as Advisor to Air Quality Asia.
Something is wrong with how we approach the climate crisis in Pakistan. Being wrong on the climate is picking a fight against nature: one that will have severe consequences for us and our children.
'Smog' is not only limited to Lahore; in fact, all of Pakistan is at serious risk from high levels of air pollution.