Empower youth to fight climate change
Sanowar, a youngster from Austomir Char of Kurigram’s Chilmari upazila, had to move house over 12 times in the last 20 years, due to devastating floods and river erosion.
Sraboni Rakhaine, a young lady from Patuakhali’s Rangabali island, said they did not have access to drinking water all the time. Most students of the island drop out of school due to frequent cyclones and other natural disasters.
Like Sanowar and Sraboni, many who are from five climate-vulnerable districts — Khulna, Barguna, Patuakhali, Kurigram and Sunamganj — shared their stories of how their lives have been affected by the impacts of climate change at a roundtable conference titled “Youth Engagement in Climate Action in Bangladesh”.
The conference was held yesterday at national Bangla daily Prothom Alo’s office and was organised by Local Government Initiative on Climate Change (LoGIC) Project, which is a joint collaborative initiative between the Bangladesh government, European Union, Sweden, United Nations Capital Development Fund and United Nations Development Program (UNDP).