Youth blockade in Barisal demanding climate justice

Young netizens have observed a blockade in Barisal demanding climate justice. The event was organized by Fridays for Future Bangladesh and Youthnet for Climate Justice in response to a call from Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg as part of World Climate Action Day.

In collaboration with Coastal Youth Action Hub and the international development agency ActionAid Bangladesh, young climate activists gathered at the city’s Ashwini Kumar Hall premises on Thursday (24 September), ignoring adverse weather conditions in compliance with hygiene and physical distance.

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Chairperson of Bangladesh Model Youth Parliament Firoz Mostafa, Coordinator of Youthnet for Climate Justice Sohanur Rahman, Manager of Coastal Youth Action Hub Jubayer Islam, and members of various voluntary organizations spoke on the occasion. Calling for stronger action against global warming, the speakers said that the human race is in danger today due to the effects of climate change.

In order to make the role of youth more meaningful in tackling this global crisis, it is necessary to involve the youth in everything from policy formulation to implementation at the national level. It is also advisable to take necessary steps to ensure that Corona incentives support climate-friendly development.

Sohanur Rahman, the coordinator of Youthnet for Climate Justice, said, “the whole world is at risk due to the climate crisis. The risk level is much higher in the coastal areas of Bangladesh. World leaders are not taking cognizance of this issue. The position of these countries is narrow to reduce the risk of climate change. Although almost five years have passed since the signing of the Paris Agreement, no effective steps have been taken to address climate change and its effects. They are playing tricks on our future and present. Therefore, it is necessary to take the necessary steps to reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2025. Compensation from the states responsible for climate change and the money collected for people affected by climate change must be properly spent.”

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