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Bangladesh expected to experience temperature rise of around 1.5 ° C by 2050
North South University (NSU) hosted a seminar on “Climate Justice in Bangladesh” on Wednesday to highlight the disproportionate impact of climate change on poor, low-carbon countries and richer and higher high carbon emission.
The Department of Environmental Science and Management and the Center for Peace Studies (CPS) of the South Asian Institute for Policy and Governance (SIPG) of the NSU jointly hosted the seminar at the Syndicate Hall of the university, according to a press release.
By 2050, Bangladesh is expected to experience a temperature increase of about 1.5 ° C. This will threaten the lives and livelihoods of around 15 million people residing in coastal areas, although the country contributes a small fraction of the world’s carbon emissions, according to the press release.
Rich, high-emitting countries are responsible for intensifying the impact of climate change, leading countries like Bangladesh to suffer and become the main victims of the climate, he added.
Seminar participants included Abul Kalam Azad, Special Envoy of the Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), Government of Bangladesh; AKM Mamunul Rashid, Climate Change Specialist, UNDP Bangladesh; and Muqeed Majumder Babu, President of the Prokriti O Jibon Foundation.
Keynote speaker Prof. Md Jakariya highlighted the issue of climate justice and proposed measures such as defining climate migrants in Bangladesh, establishing a climate solutions center, a regional climate justice center and the adoption of biodiversity-driven strategies.
Dr Nurul Quadir, former additional government secretary and alternate member of the CDM Executive Board of the UNFCCC, also underscored the need for a regional climate justice hub.
Guest of honor Abul Kalam Azad highlighted the innovative indigenous initiatives already taken by the local community and the need to protect biodiversity.
AKM Mamunul Rashid pointed out that the countries which emit the least suffer the most and are also taking new measures to reduce the suffering caused by climate disasters.
Golam Monowar Kamal, Executive Director of Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK); Ambassador Shahidul Haque, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Bangladesh and Professor, SIPG, NSU; and Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Managing Director of the Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association (BELA); engaged in discussions on climate rights and justice.
Hasin Jahan, Country Director of WaterAid Bangladesh, highlighted the importance of technology to tackle a potential water crisis caused by climate change.