Participants of human chain demanded transparencies
Anisur Rahman Swapan
Participants of a human chain and rally in Barisal on Tuesday demanded justice, transparencies and accountabilities in distribution and using climate change fund and focusing issues.
They also called to confront the climate change issue as one of the biggest threats against human rights, justice and national security in Bangladesh at upcoming climate conference of United Nation.
Speakers of that programme held in front of Ashwini Kumar Hall of the city specially focused the impact of climate change on the 15 million riverine and coastal area people.
Barisal unit of Conscious Citizen Committee (CCC), local unit of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), organized the programme on the eve of the ‘UN Climate Summit 1014′ to draw the attention of world leaders about the issue.
It was presided over by Barisal CCC president Prof. M Moazzem Hussain and addressed among others by Hamidul Islam, Jiban Krishna Dey, and Anowar Zahid, Suvangkar Chakraborty, Jahanara Begum, Dr. Habihur Rahman, Sirajul Islam, rights and development organisation activists.
They noticed that global warming has been threatening all human rights and securities in Bangladesh which are designed to prevent destruction of life, health, education, property, livelihood, culture, means of subsistence, residence, movement, migration etc.
The effects and threats from climate change in Bangladesh include devastating hazards of deaths and dangers from cyclone, storm, flood, water logging, drought and desertification process, earthquake, river siltation and erosion, sea level rise, unusual changes in weather, changing bio-diversity and ecological balance and impacts on agriculture and food production, the speakers told.
Due to climate change effects various diseases spreading among the human and animal being, plants, causing deforestations, destruction of water resources and supplies, they added.
Inability to live and sustain lives forced displacements or migrations of tens and thousands of people through out Bangladesh due to effects and threats from climate change as the coping capacity remains limited due to the relatively poor physical infrastructure and less financial abilities, the participants observed.
Thus climate change effects also forcing displacements or migrations of tens and thousands of people and so the legitimate rights of climate refugees should be recognized, the participants urged.
Helping and rehabilitating climate-refugees should be a must for any action plan as it was the life and death questions of the affected people in coastal region, who became homeless, landless, ultra poor within a short time, they emphasized.
The speakers addressing on climate justice and rehabilitation of climate refugees said any development plan in the region must be sustainable, eco-friendly, helpful for maintaining bio-diversity.
“We do not want any pity, but want justice and justified share of climate change fund with transparencies , accountabilities and without intervention of any foreign power or organization’, the speakers and participants added.
Edited By: Amader Barisal Desk