Protect Bangladesh from Climate Change

Target: Anwar Hossain Manju, Bangladesh’s Minister of Environment and Forest

Goal: Put more effort and financial assistance into helping Bangladesh to mitigate and adapt to the effects of climate change.

Of all countries in the world, none is perhaps more vulnerable to the effects of climate change than Bangladesh. The South Asian country, densely populated by 156 million people, sports a coastline 580 kilometers (about 360 miles) long, consisting of mostly river deltas, much of them contained in the larger Bengal Delta, which, already prone to flooding, empties its waters into the now rapidly-rising Indian Ocean via the Bay of Bengal.

A 2016 study, featured on Phys.org, provided evidence that sea level in the northern Indian Ocean rose twice as fast as the global average from 2003. Also in 2016, chairman of the Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change and Bangladeshi citizen Munir Muniruzzaman, noted that just three feet of sea level rise would flood 20 percent of his nation, and that, “We’re going to see refugee problems on an unimaginable scale, potentially above 30 million people.”

Note that the most recent predictions by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) include a worst-case projection of eight feet of global average sea level rise by 2100. In individual regions, rises may be even higher.

In 2012, a Bangladeshi government-commissioned report titled “Public Expenditure for Climate Change in Bangladesh” found that “the Government of Bangladesh typically spend[s] around 6 percent to 7 percent of its annual combined budget on climate sensitive activity,” and that this amounted to only about 1.1 percent of the nation’s GDP. This is despite the fact that, as assessed by the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Index (ND-GAIN), Bangladesh may be the world’s most climate-vulnerable nation, meaning that it may very well be rendered uninhabitable by the effects of climate change this century. Demand that the Bangladeshi government take action to mitigate the effects of climate change for the good of its citizens and the environment.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Minister Manju,

Please pressure both your government and the United Nations to increase its climate-related aid, supporting climate change mitigation and adaptation efforts, to Bangladesh.

Domestically, in 2012, the government of Bangladesh spent around only six or seven percent of its annual combined budget on climate-related activities, constituting 1.1 percent of the nation’s GDP. This is despite the fact that Bangladesh is routinely ranked by a number of different metrics as one of the most climate-vulnerable nations, if not the most climate-vulnerable.

With the incidence and intensity of storms and flooding increasing all over the world, and especially so with rising sea levels, Bangladesh is poised to encounter major disruptions as the hands of climate change. The country can and must do more to both mitigate global warming and prepare for its effects, and the United Nations — which dispenses climate-related aid worldwide — should follow suit, providing Bangladesh with the aid it needs.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Jacques Descloitres

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2 Comments

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    no more global warming!

  2. Mohammed Rashel says:

    This is a worldwide​ problem. Bangladesh ranks first in this problem, so I think all rich polluting country’s​ should step up to the plate. Don’t wait for the problem to occur when it’s to late.

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