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The price of climate change

  • Published at 12:03 am September 23rd, 2019
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Developed countries such as the UK need to do more both in terms of action and funding

Bangladesh is one of the countries most vulnerable to the adverse effects of the global climate crisis -- a problem that is becoming increasingly unavoidable for the whole planet.

While our country has made quite a few admirable steps in recognizing the threat of climate change and taking the appropriate steps to address it from our end -- such as the formulation of the Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan -- at the end of the day, the onus of paying the price for climate change lies on developed nations.

To that end, the UK’s recent pledge of some 6 billion pounds to help Bangladesh and other vulnerable countries combat climate change is a welcome first step.

Having said that, the figure of 6bn pounds to help even one country combat climate change sounds paltry, let alone for a handful of countries.

It goes without saying, but developed countries such as the UK -- whose rapid industrialization in the last few decades have done more to harm the environment than that of more nascent countries such as Bangladesh -- need to do more both in terms of action and funding.

If anything, this should be considered as reparation for the unchecked industrialization that these developed countries have undergone over the years, stunting the growth of countries such as ours and slowly killing the planet in the process.

With the recent rise of student protests worldwide to urge their governments into taking swift actions against the global climate crisis, there has never been a better time for developed nations to take the necessary actions and help smaller countries help deal with the crisis themselves.

Time is now of the essence.