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Ensure climate justice

Speakers tell discussion

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 11 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Speakers at a discussion called for ensuring climate justice and meaningful climate actions in the society.

They said climate change is one of the greatest threats to human rights of the new generation, adding that this year Covid-19 pandemic has made the situation worse because of vaccine inequity, particularly for the young people across the world.

The speakers made the remarks at a virtual consultation titled `Climate Justice: Capturing Youth Voice from Global South in the Context of Pandemic’ organised by ActionAid Bangladesh on Thursday.

Many young people from Bangladesh as well as countries in Asia, Africa, Central Asia and Europe participated in the discussion. Youth climate champions and activists from the various countries raised their voice, against the limited or no spaces to the various global decision-making spaces including in COP26.

They emphasised the participation of young people in the climate discussion and said it is mandatory because climate change negatively affects the life, livelihood, health, and other socio economical aspect of young people.

Rebecca Sultana, founder of Youth Environment and Social Development Society (YESDS) and member of ActionAid International Bangladesh Society (AAIBS) General Assembly, inaugurated the event as the chair.

Stating climate change as man-made and we are to be blamed for it, lawmaker Nahim Razzaq said Climate change is evident and a great problem of today and requires changes to be made by all.

Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) in Bangladesh, emphasised the action rather than advocacy related to climate issues. “Advocacy is good, but it is not enough. Advocacy alone no longer can be sufficient.”

Farah Kabir, country director of ActionAid Bangladesh, said in a video message that young people around the globe want to take COP26 as an opportunity to raise their issues to bring to the global leadership. But young people are worried that the COP26 is not going to be participatory because of the issue of vaccination.

Climate Activist Saila Sobnom Richi from `Youth Net for Climate Justice Bangladesh’ presented her experiences on the vulnerability of young people amid Covid-19 pandemic with respect to climate change.