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Leading the charge against climate change

  • Published at 10:57 pm December 1st, 2019
Photo: REUTERS
Photo: REUTERS

Only when all nations work together can we even begin to hope to fight climate change

Today, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, otherwise known as COP25, is being held in Madrid.

The conference, which will incorporate the 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is an opportunity for all countries of the world to come together to seek solutions and resolutions on arguably the most pressing global issue of our times.

Fighting climate change, as has been said before, requires worldwide effort, with all countries acknowledging their responsibilities, and doing what is necessary to mitigate its effects.

For Bangladesh, still part of the least developed countries (LDC), it is an opportunity to once again bring to attention the disparities that continue to exist -- it is the developed countries who have been responsible for causing the global climate crisis.

However, it is countries like Bangladesh, and many other LDC nations, who are most at risk from climate change’s adverse effects, facing massive losses.

To that end, developed nations must compensate countries with limited resources which are hurting and while much of the developed world has acknowledged this responsibility, they are yet to make significant strides towards climate financing that provides a sustainable solution.

Bangladesh has, more recently, emerged as a leading voice when it comes to advocating for actions against climate change, and it is imperative that we use COP25 as a springboard to lead that charge, for ourselves as well as other LDC nations, to hold the developed world accountable for their actions, and negotiate adequate compensation.

Only when all nations work together can we even begin to hope to fight climate change, and for that to happen, it is about time the developed world owned up and paid up.