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Call for recognition of climate refugee

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  • 27th October, 2021 08:31:55 PM
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Call for recognition of climate refugee

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Rights activists in Barishal on Wednesday made a call to recognise the climate refugee families in the southern region which are risk of livelihood amid carbon emission.

From a symbolic protest rally on banana raft in Kirtankhola River on Wednesday, the local development activists made the demand along with some families, said a news release.

Social development organisation Prantajan, Bangladesh's Foreign Debt Working Group (BWGED) and Coastal Living and Environment Working Group (Clean) jointly hosted the event.

World leaders will attend upcoming UN Climate Conference to reduce carbon emissions. Locals, including hundreds of young people, joined the symbolic climate refugee journey.

Touhidul Islam Shahzada, executive director of Prantajan, said that according to the UN report, the concentration of carbon in the atmosphere has already exceeded the earth's tolerance.

“As a result, the rate of climate change has increased at an alarming rate. About five lakh people are becoming refugees in Bangladesh every year due to the adverse effects of climate change. Thousands of people are becoming destitute every day due to cyclones, tidal surges, river erosion and salinity in coastal areas including Khulna, Barisal and Chittagong,” he said.

In this regard, Hassan Mehedi, Chief Executive Officer of KLIN, said that the IPCC, an international organization on climate change, has warned that the last chance to prevent climate disaster is fast running out. Human civilization will not be saved by the end of the 21st century if we do not take steps to reduce carbon emissions now. But the leaders of the developed world are only going with the promise.

Speakers on the refugee journey called for an immediate halt to investment in fossil fuels, including coal, 100 billion annually as promised in the developed world, assistance to Bangladesh to ensure renewable energy, steps to reduce carbon emissions to zero by 2050, and sustainable development. Claim.

Speaking at rallies and refugee journeys, among others, Md Saiful Islam Monir, Md. SifiqurRahaman, BadolKholifa, Suktara Begum, NijamKholifa, Babul Hawlader, AlaminHawlader, Riaz Hawlader, ShohelSikdar, Monir Hawlader etc.