Video Message from Bangladesh to COP-22

During UNFCCC’s 22nd Conference of Parties (COP-22) in Marrakesh, Morocco, Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network (CLEAN) along with Oxfam in Bangladesh and Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL) organized a video message campaign to the COP-22 leaders demanding Climate Justice for women farmers and the most vulnerable countries like Bangladesh. Here are some of the video messages.
1. Member of Parliament Alhajj Mizanur Rahman Mizan
Member of Parliament from Khulna-2 constituency Alhajj Mizanur Rahman Mizan said, as the people of coastal Bangladesh are the most severe victims of climate change, we are entitled to receive only compensation from the developed countries, not loan. Our prime minister raised the issues in UN and Bangladesh Parliament several times. We want to build resilience of the vulnerable people by using those reparation funds. He also demanded not to include loan providing institutions in climate finance.
2. Environmental Economist Professor Anowarul Quadir

Climate Justice Week calls for cut in carbon emission

APMDD | 12 November 2012
Climate Justice Campaign coordinator Hasan Mehedi is addressing the journalists in Press Conference of Cliamte Justice Week

 Several environment organisations on Sunday announced weeklong programmes to observe Climate Justice Week-2012 to recall the deaths and damages caused by cyclonic storms Sidr and Aila. CLEAN (Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network) in collaboration with Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL), Climate Finance Governance Network (CFGN), Oxfam and Oxfam-led global campaign GROW observed the week in November 11-17 with more than 100 organisations of 23 districts.

The districts are Bagerhat, Barguna, Barisal, Bhola, Kushtia, Chittagong, Comilla, Cox’s Bazar, Dhaka, Feni, Gaibandha, Jessore, Khulna, Kishoreganj, Narail, Natore, Noakhali, Patuakhali, Pirojpur, Rangamati, Satkhira, Sunamganj and Sylhet. The programmes included media campaign, mass rallies, human chains and cultural functions in 23 districts, said convenor of CFGN Shamim Arfeen at a press conference at Khulna Press Club.
Coordinator of the campaign Hasan Mehedi, civil right leaders Advocate Feroz Ahmed and Shamima Sultana Shilu were present in the press conference. The organisations are observing the week because the developed countries are trying to evade their responsibility to reduce carbon emission when they are liable for the devastating global warming, said convener of CFGN Shamim Arfeen.
He also blamed the developed countries for delaying delivery of adequate finance for adaptation. The green organisations of 23 districts have announced nine-point demands which include reduction of emission, stopping of debt-business of multilateral development banks by using climate-crisis, ensuring transparency, equity and justice in climate finance, allowing climate-forced migrants in developed countries, include population and reproductive health in climate adaptation, ensuring new and additional fund for most vulnerable countries, keeping World Bank out of climate funds and ensuring local ecology-based adaptation, it was informed in the press conference.

Green groups call for formation of global climate court

BSS News | Khulna, Nov 27, 2015 (BSS)
People’s Climate March in Khulna organized by CLEAN and NRDS | 27 November 2015
Bangladeshi green groups have called for forming an international climate court to compel Annex-1 countries in reducing drastic emission cut. They also demanded making a legally bound agreement in Climate Conference (COP21) in Paris on December 29-11.

The groups jointly presented a nine-point demand for climate justice in a demonstration after “People’s Climate March” in Khulna city today.

Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network (CLEAN), Gandhi Ashram Trust (GAT), Noakhali Rural Development Society (NRDS), Participatory Research and Action Network (PRAN) and Prantojon organized “Climate March” in Coastal Zone of Bangladesh under the umbrella of Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP).

Human Chain after the People’s Climate March organized by CLEAN and NRDS on 27 November 2015
Presided over by CLEAN chief executive Hasan Mehedi, the demonstration was addressed by Paribartan-Khulna executive director Nazmul Azam David, Bangladesh Human Rights Unity president Sheikh Abdul Halim, Janaudyog member secretary Mohendranath Sen, and Chhayabrikkho executive director Mahbub Alam Badsha, among others.

The speakers said carbon density in atmosphere already crossed 400 ppm as Annex-1 countries did not follow Kyoto Protocol. Due to increasing temperature, thousands of people of Bangladesh are being displaced every day.

More than 20 million people are likely to be displaced by 2050 as per projection of different research findings. A drastic cut in emissions is needed urgently to limit temperature rise within 1.5 degrees centigrade and to reduce vulnerability of the people, they added.

They said: “But developed countries are not agreed to come under a legally bound agreement and draft text of Paris Conference doesn’t have any element to oblige them. If the temperature rises as now, vulnerable countries like Bangladesh are very likely to face serious shortage of staple food by 2050.”