A human chain was formed in the city demanding that the Bangladesh delegates to the UN climate treaty take decisive action to address the corrosive influence of the fossil fuel industry on climate policy,
SUPRO (Campaign for Good Governance) and Corporate Accountability International jointly arranged the human chain in front of National Press Club, Dhaka, Bangladesh on 14th May 2016, Saturday from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm . A number of environmental activists joined the programme.
SUPRO general secretary Md Arifur Rahman said, “Thanks to interference from big polluters; the Paris Agreement doesn’t go far enough to prevent the worst effects of climate change here in Bangladesh.”
“We, the people, urge our government leaders to take action in Bonn to eliminate the primary obstacle to more ambitious and aggressive action by showing big polluters the door,” he said.
It is projected that some 500 to 750 million people will be affected by water stress caused by climate change around the world by 2020. Low-lying coastal regions, such as Bangladesh, are vulnerable to sea level rise and increased occurrence of extreme weather condition.
In most countries like Bangladesh, yields from rain-fed agriculture could be reduced to 50 percent by 2020. Being a country with increasing population and hunger, this will have an extremely adverse effect on it food security.
Although the effects of climate change are highly variable, South Asia could lose 10 percent of rice and maize yields by 2030.
On May 16, delegates to the UNFCCC will convene in Bonn, Germany for the first time since the Paris Agreement was gaveled in December last. While the agreement has been applauded as an historic accomplishment, many have criticised it for not being ambitious enough to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, said SUPRO in their key note paper.
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