The notion was discussed on Sunday at an event titled "Youth convention on climate change" organized by Brac
The world has now realised that the youths will lead mankind in tackling the impacts of climate change.
They will do it by spreading awareness about environment preservation and climate education, inspiring people about sustainable living and livelihoods, and adopting recyclable energy sources instead of those that increase greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
The notion was discussed yesterday at an event titled "Youth convention on climate change" organized by Brac.
Dr Ainun Nishat, eminent environment expert, former vice-chancellor of Brac University, and currently an adviser to the Centre for Climate Change and Environmental Research, Brac University was present as the chief guest.
Dr SM Munjurul Hannan Khan, additional secretary to the environment, forest and climate change ministry, Syeda Rizwana Hasan, executive director, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers' Association, were also present in the program as special guests. Dr Md Liakath Ali, director, BRAC Climate Change Programme, chaired the convention.
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The speakers also discussed climate conditions of Bangladesh which is becoming worse day by day. But the speakers were hopeful that young people have taken the initiative of creating a pollution free environment.
Thirty percent of Bangladesh's population are youths who are already engaged in many different initiatives to promote, and adopt sustainable solutions. A number of universities in the country have developed their own initiatives to address different climate change issues, speakers added.
Students from eight public and private universities namely, Dhaka University, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh University of Professional, BRAC University, North South University, United International University, Ahsanullah Science and Technology University, and Independent University, Bangladesh attended the program.
Dr Md Golam Rabbani, fellow, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies, presented the keynote report on the impacts of climate change on Bangladesh. Brac Climate Change Programme head Abu Sadat Moniruzzaman Khan gave an introduction to the programme.
Dr Ainun Nishat said, "Weather is increasingly becoming unpredictable. The seasons of autumn, late autumn, and spring are disappearing. We have experienced heavy rainfall in October, by which Rajshahi was flooded. On the other hand, you will not find enough water for jute retting. We started destroying the environment with the start of industrial revolution in 1860, and we began our account of destruction only in 1990. The less carbon-dioxide, and other harmful gases are emitted, the better for our earth."
Dr SM Munjurul Hannan Khan praised BRAC for its role in engaging young people in the climate change actions, saying, "The industrially developed countries are spreading pollution, and the whole earth has become its victim. Today children are born in an atmosphere that is four degree Celsius warmer than what their parents were born in. If this situation continues, the earth will be in an unbearable condition by 2050 when 9.3 billion people will be the earth’s inhabitants."