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.