Sunday, 20 December 2009

Climate Action Day Observed

“Change Behavior Not Climate”

Climate Action Day observed

Drawing attention on the need to reduce carbon in the atmosphere to a scientifically determined safe level of 350 ppm, the International Day of Climate Action was observed in the country yesterday.

Different social and environmental organisations held different programmes in the city and across the country to mark the day.

With the slogan of "Change Behavior, Not Climate," Work for a Better Bangladesh (WBB Trust) organised a colourful rally from National Museum to TSC of Dhaka University with participation of a large number of children from different parts of the city.

Prottyasa Madok Birodhi Sangathan, Nirapad Development Foundation, Nature Loving People (NLP), Green Voice, Swabhumi, Safe Bangladesh, and other environmental organisations, participated the rally with banners and festoons inscribed different slogans including 'Save the balance of climate and save the environment' and 'Save the coastal people'.

The rally was addressed, among others, by Ibnul Syed Rana, chairman of Nirapad Development Foundation, Syed Saiful Alam Suvan, programme officer of WBB Trust, Humaoun Kabir Somuon, Syeda Ananya Rahman, Mohammad Alamgir and Maruf Ahmed.

The speakers said that the temperatures are rising and storms are worsening due to the whimsical behaviour of human beings. Ice is melting and sea levels are rising day by day and due to the reason Bangladesh is likely to go underwater within a short peroiod, As a result, a large number of coastal people of the country will be homeless, they added.

They also said that the climate changes are going to worsen because people are burning fossil fuels - diesel, petrol, natural gas and coal - at rapid rates. So the future generations are now under threat.

They stressed on the importance of changing behaviour to balance the climate to raise attention to the 350 ppm target for reducing climate change
“Change Behavior Not Climate”

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