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Speakers: More environment-friendly jobs needed

  • Published at 10:14 pm July 15th, 2020

A press release was issued in this regard by the organization on Wednesday

Bangladesh needs to create more environment-friendly jobs and invest more in companies that are trying to bring about a positive change for mother nature. 

Speakers were reflecting on the subject during a webinar, titled “Is it always necessary to choose between the goals of job creation and environmental preservation?” organized by the Institute of Wellbeing, Bangladesh.

A press release was issued in this regard by the organization on Wednesday.

As the first speaker, Debra Efroymson, Executive Director, Institute of Wellbeing, Bangladesh, said people had to come out of the notion that they could only have jobs that polluted the environment. She urged the government to create more pro-environmental work opportunities instead of subsidizing jobs that were harming nature.

Echoing her views, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) Senior Program Manager Md Zakir Hossain said that people had failed to assess the value of nature, for instance, the contribution of trees to humankind. 

“Money and possessions are of no use if our health is gone, forced by the damage done to our environment, something that we need to be very aware of especially during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,” he added.

Speaking on the issue, Southeast University Assistant Prof Jubaida Gulshan Ara reflected on the need for sustainable development and the importance of prioritizing and recognizing companies and organizations that were trying to bring about positive changes in the environment.

Atiqur Rahman, Project Officer of Work for a Better Bangladesh, discussed the issue of job possibilities in clean transport.

He said: “By expanding train services, encouraging rather than banning rickshaws, and promoting cycling, which would require people to repair bicycles, pump tires, and provide safe parking we can create new jobs which will benefit the environment.”

The speakers requested people to reconsider the belief that one must choose economic growth over a healthy environment. They urged everyone to return to a simpler lifestyle, in which people could enjoy healthy lives and give more time to their families.

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