Global climate change and risks for Bangladesh
AT PRESENT, climate change is one of the most important issues in the world. All living beings of the world are at risk. Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable countries in the world in this context. Flood, tropical cyclone, storm surges and drought are common natural disasters in the country. Bangladesh is increasingly at risk of severe tropical cyclone, erratic rainfall, river bank erosion, increased sedimentation, melting of the Himalayan glaciers and increased salinity in water. These disasters cause loss of lives, damage to infrastructure and economic assets, adversely affecting lives and livelihood. Poor people are the worst victims of these adversities.
Climate change issues need to be addressed urgently, starting with the most developed and powerful countries, which are most responsible for climate change. Quite a few countries don’t agree to sign a treaty for removing climate change risks. The countries across the globe must be in unity to reduce risks or increase resilience through endurable policies. As one of the most vulnerable countries, Bangladesh should raise her voice for international organisations to address this agenda. The government along with political parties, private sectors, NGOs must ensure their participation.
It is a matter of regret that our mainstream politics or politicians appear hardly concerned about it. They have no manifestos to solve or mitigate this problem, though it deserves utmost priority.
Md Shaharul Alam
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