Dhaka, September 20, 2019. In a human chain organized in front of the National Press Club today, rights-based civil societies have expressed sharp criticism and condemnation of the selfish thinking and initiatives of the rich countries, historically responsible for global climate change. They called for reducing carbon emissions to limit the global warming to 1.5 degrees and avoiding unpredictability in the name of development. The human chain was organized to express solidarity with the Global Climate Strike and it was organized jointly by Center for Participatory Research and Development (CPRD), COAST Trust, Coastal Development Partnership (CDP), Network on Climate Change Bangladesh (NCCB) and Shariatpur Development Society (SDS).
Among others Md. Samodoha of CPRD, Pradip Kumar Roy of Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihood, Badrul Alam of Bangladesh Krishak Federation and Atikul Islam Tipu of CDP also spoke at the occasion.
With the welcome speech, Mustafa Kamal Akand of COAST Trust informed that, after learning about the horrors of climate change, Greta Thanberger, a schoolgirl, was standing in front of the Swedish parliament on August 23 with a placard, where it was written, “School Strike for Climate.” Inspired by this, students from schools all over the world took to the streets. They raised the issue that, they have the right to grow up in a healthy and healthy world. In a series of that significant movement, the Global Climate Strike is going to be organized during 20-27 September on the eve of the UN conference on Climate Change.
Md. Samsoddoha said, gases responsible for climate change are increasing steadily. The industrialization, especially the use of fossil fuels for fuel energy in industrial production, on the one hand, is increasing the amount of heat gases in the atmosphere; On the other hand, deforestation and improper use of land are destroying the ability of plants, forests, and soil to absorb carbon dioxide. Which is undoubtedly increasing global warming and bringing about a change in the global climate system.
Pradip Kuma Roy said, although scientists have warned about the adverse effects of climate change, it has long been neglected to take any strong political initiative. Although climate change is recognized primarily and historically as a country responsible for climate change and its consumerism, initiatives of those countries to reduce risks are as one-sided and self-centered as ever.
Badrul Alam said, nearly four years have passed since the Paris Agreement was enacted, but no effective measures have been taken to combat climate change and its effects. However, the United States rejected the implementation of the agreement. In the meantime, political differences have escalated over the steps taken in the Paris Agreement.
Atikul Islam Tipu said, the leadership of the world must rise above the nationalist interests and come to a consensus to protect the interests of the world. They must take effective steps to restrict the average warming of the earth to the pre-industrialization stage at 1.5 degrees Celsius to guarantee a secure Earth that is accessible to the next generation.
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