A study conducted by Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC) and the Centre for Urban Studies (CUS) found that while 97% of Bangladeshi youth are aware of climate change, only 50% perceive this as a current problem.
BYLC’s study titled ‘Youth and climate change: Bangladesh context’ was conducted to understand youth’s perspectives on the impact of climate change. 2,000 youth, aged between 18 and 35, across eight divisions of Bangladesh were surveyed under this study. The findings were presented in a panel conversation on the second day of the Global Youth Climate Summit, where discussants included the Dutch Ambassador Harry Verwei, FCDO Development Director Judith Herbertson, eminent environmentalist and BCAS Director Atiq Rahman.
Besides presenting findings from the Bangladesh study, BYLC also launched a global youth climate pledge at the Summit which encourages youth to take action in the fight against climate change. 600 youth from more than 80 countries participated in the two-day long virtual Summit.
A number of 12 youth climate champions, representing Bangladesh, Guinea, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lebanon, Pakistan, Paraguay, and Somalia, were competitively selected from the delegates and recognized for their ideas to combat climate change at the closing plenary and award ceremony of the Summit. Each of the champions will receive a full scholarship to attend a BYLC leadership course and a USD 1,000 award for their climate restoration projects.
Speaking as the chief guest at the award ceremony, Honorable Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudury congratulated the climate champions as well as the summit delegates, and expressed hope that the earth will heal under their leadership. “I commend BYLC for taking this forward-looking global initiative engaging youth. This will undoubtedly stand as one single initiative from both developing and developed countries to raise youth voices on the climate crisis,” she said.