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.”

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