The non-government organizations jointly inaugurated the hub at a virtual program
ActionAid Bangladesh and YouthNet, in partnership with the Bangladesh Model Youth Parliament of British Council, BINDU and BEDS on Thursday launched a youth platform, Coastal Youth Action Hub, aimed to combating climate emergency in the country.
The non-government organizations jointly inaugurated the hub at a virtual program, said a press release.
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen attended the program as chief guest.
Among others, Convener of Climate Parliament Bangladesh and Shariatpur 3 Member of Parliament Nahim Razzaq, COP26 Regional Ambassador for Asia-Pacific and South Asia Ken O’Flaherty, and ActionAid Bangladesh Country Director Farah Kabir, Director of the International Center for Climate Change and Development at Independent University Prof. Dr. Saleemul Huq, Bangladesh, Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation Chairman Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmed and British Council Director Dr Shahnaz Karim were also present.
“We will promote young people-led innovations and solutions to build greater resilience combating climate emergency," Said Abdul Momen.
Mentioning that Bangladesh Parliament adopted a first-ever motion on planetary emergency to protect, he added: “We want to see the young people in the global fight to achieve climate justice for Bangladesh."
“We all know about the impact of climate change in Bangladesh and globally, and it is us who needs to take climate action now” Nahim Razzaq MP said.
He also urged the youths to come forward to lead coastal resilience and bring behavioral changes to protect the ecosystem.
“We have a lot to celebrate in terms of the progress we’ve made over the years both at policy level and in program level when it comes to Bangladesh addressing climate change and its impacts” said Farah Kabir.
She also suggested that they could use webinars and social media as also a platform to raise young people voices.
The British Council intended to explore youth voices and choice in the realm of climate change to understand youth attitude and aspirations, amplify youth voice and support better youth policy-making, said Shahnaz Karim of British Council.
She added that they would be engaging youth networks and other likeminded organization in doing the exercise- engaging youths.