Bangladesh is getting smaller!

Bangladesh is a country recognized with is delta plain behavior. But nowadays, the country is losing its length. Within last 10 years, the southern part of this country faced river erosion several times.

Recently Australian journal of coastal conservation has been published an article named ‘Planning and Management Rates of shoreline change along the coast of Bangladesh’ by Dr. Md. Golam Sarwar.

He stated that,   the sea shore of Bangladesh every year going to120 meter inwards, that means every year there happens a huge the land loss. The researcher at present works in Bangladesh Unnayan Porishad. He studied with satellite images from 1989 to 2009 and the study area was Teknaf, an upazila of Cox’s Bazar. The result of the research gives a result, the area lose 2.4 KM area within 20 years.

Deforestation increasing the risk of climate change in Nijhum Island

Nijhum Island in Noakhali becomes a climate vulnerable area due to deforestation. River erosion and over population in that island also increasing the risk factor. The local people suspected that, the forest was green belt in that island, but the deforestation may increase the intensity rate of natural disaster. This can be controlled by awareness build up program and increasing regular monitoring system of government. This vulnerable island in the southern part of Bangladesh is also a natural resource which should protect for our own environment conservation. With the help of local correspondent, this story has done and continues with the possible solution from natural disaster. The people also explain their present condition as well as the role of local government body is come out by their statement.

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Climate change and the role of media

Climate change is a global problem nowadays. How can media handle this important issue is the main concern of conversation. It is an in studio interview session of Green Hour on media role for climate change issue especially in the South Asian countries. The guest is S. Gopikrishna Warreir, a media development person from India working in a media development organization, Panos South Asia. In the conversation, focusing on media treatment of climate change impact as it is still an unresolved matter and scientists are struggling for that. To simplify the jargon and scientific terms about climate change have to deal in a communicating way in the media. He also discuss that, by creating links between climate change and finance, policy, livelihood, society can make dimensions in stories and climate change  or environment story can be a front page or leading one.

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Face of climate justice in Bangladesh

As Bangladesh is the most climate vulnerable country, most people from the disaster prone area is migrating from their place to capital city or any other big cities. They are deprived from all human rights. How can climate justice work for them and what is the way to distribute the climate fund to them in a transparent process is the main discussion topic of the conversation. The displaced people are mostly illiterate and they need to change their profession for surviving. Their social and economic status rapidly decrease which may impact on their physical and mental condition. These all are impact of climate change, which may solve by planning a community based adaptation processes. These processes need transparency and accountability from national to global stage for establishing climate justice for the victims. This is a discussion with Adv. M. Hafijul Islam Khan, An Environmental Lawyer in Bangladesh.

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Government involvement in community based adaptation make a change

Community-based adaptation is important for climate change mitigation. The involvement of communities to cope with climate change’s adverse effects is necessary. Government shows interest to work in the local level in “Seventh International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change”- mentioned Dr. Saleemul Huq, Senior Fellow of International Institute for Environment and Development-iied.  “To make a remarkable change in the process of adaptation and mitigation in climate change, climate justice is the first and foremost need”-said Mary Robinson, President of Mari Robinson foundation and the chief guest of the closing program of seventh CBA conference. To make successful change in adaptation government involvement in local level is very urgent need. By identifying that need, Nepal government has decided to contribute 80% of the climate change fund in the community level. And they are working out to develop an appropriate distribution process. Mr. Ajay Dixit, Executive Director of Institute for Social and Environment Transition-Nepal talked about that initiative in his country.
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Earth Hour Day 2013 in Bangladesh

On March 23 in Earth Hour 2013, by turning off its non- essential lights and also taking other energy saving measures for one full hour, the people from Bangladesh joined in a movement to show the responsibility towards environmental sustainability. It is such an initiative, which is not just a one day event rather a social awareness campaign to enlighten everyone to take the responsibility to climate change. In Dhaka youth join this movement by arranging a cycle rally and public candle light. In this movement, an Australian environmentalist and volunteer Mr. Patrick Kirkby has joined in Dhaka this year. As Earth Hour is a worldwide event organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and held towards the end of March annually. Since 2007, this movement had started from Sydney, Australia. So, his participation was very significant. He made a conversation in Green Hour. He shared some valid points to mitigate the climate change risk from developing country like Bangladesh. At the same time, he is trying to make a bridge between Australia and Bangladesh to make a climate justice.
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