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A risk we cannot ignore

  • Published at 04:06 pm December 7th, 2018
Photo: MEHEDI HASAN
Photo: MEHEDI HASAN

It is doubly tragic that the nations most vulnerable to the effects of climate change are the ones which are low income

Extreme weather events continue to wreak havoc on our country, which was recently ranked 7th on a list of countries vulnerable to such cataclysmic changes in climate. 

With the 24th iteration of the Conference of Parties in full swing in Katowice, it is imperative that Bangladesh takes a major role in the conversation, because, it is we, after all, who pay the greatest price for global climate change. 

It is doubly tragic that the nations most vulnerable to the effects of climate change are the ones which are low income or lower middle income -- this means that, all too often, they do not have the resources required to cope. 

Thousands of people have already been killed, with millions losing their livelihoods and being forcefully displaced as a result of flash floods, heavy rainfall, and collapsed buildings, and the situation will only get worse in the future. 

This bears repeating: We have to act immediately if we are to have any chance of preventing such needless death and tragedy in the future. 

Considering the fact that it is the developed nations who have, throughout history, contributed most to the greenhouse gas emissions, it is their responsibility too to ensure that developing nations receive the funding required to battle the effects of these extreme weather events. 

According to some estimates, this fight could cost somewhere in the region of a $100 billion to $200 billion and, without the world working together in this regard, there is no chance of survival in the future. 

It is only through coordination and cooperation that the world can survive climate change, and there is no time to waste.