Activists demand compensation instead of loans as climate finance


26th October, 2016 10:14:05 printer

Activists demand compensation instead of loans as climate finance

Several environmental organisations including Barisal city unit of Sachetan Nagorik Committee (Sanak) and Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) on Wednesday formed a human chain demanding compensation to tackle climate change, not loan.

Barisal city units of Sanak and TIB, Prantojon, Upokilio Jibonjatra O Paribesh Karmojote, and development organisations staged the one-hour human chain programme from 10 am-11 am in front of central Shaheed Minar in the city.

They also placed some empty coffins as a symbol of death at the programme.

Besides, a rally was brought out after the human chain programme.

Participants of the programme also carried different banners, placards, festoons symbolising the impact of climate change on the 15 million people of the riverine southern and coastal region.

When addressing, the speakers from the rally said global warming has been threatening all human rights and security which are designed to prevent destruction of life, health, education, property, livelihood, culture, means of subsistence, residence, movement, migration and others.

“We do not want any pity, but want justice and justified share of climate change fund without intervention of any foreign power or organization,” they said.

Presided over by Nurjahan Begun, president of Barisal Sanak, the rally was addressed, among others by Shuvangkar Chakraborty, Akkas Hossain, Moazzem Husain, Dr. Syed Habibur Rahman, Enayet Hossain Chowdhury, B R Khan, Shah Sajeda, Ranjit Datta, Kader Khan, Monir Hossain, Lincon Bayen, Rafikul Islam, SM Shahjada, Sukumar Mitra and activists of climate justice.