Rally and Human Chain on the Eve of Copenhagen Climate Conference Realize Compensation from Developed Countries

SUPRO formed a human chain and organized rally on 7 December 2009 in front of National Museum, Shahabag, Dhaka on the eve of Copenhagen Climate Conference demanding compensation from the developed countries for the consequences of climate change to draw the attention of the world leaders and the countries responsible for carbon emission in the climate summit that started at Copenhagen on 7 December 2009.

Speakers at the human chain said the worst vulnerable countries are the island states. It is feared that almost 17 percent of Bangladesh’s land will be submerged due to the sea level rise and almost 30 million will be displaced in the coming 50 years.

SUPRO also placed some demands at the program including realizing compensation as grant instead of loan, ensuring that the grant is more than 0.7% of GDP of the particular country, cancellation of the decision of World Bank’s supervision in climate change fund management and making the developed countries set a specific goal for reducing carbon emission. Campaign Coordinator Mohammad Shahid Ullah, Secretary of Bangladesh Bhumihin Somity Subal Sarkar, President of Bacthe Shikho Nari Firoja Akter, Executive Director of SBSS Ferdous Ahmed, Executive Director of SCOPE Ms. Bilkis Akter also spoke at the Human Chain.