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Better late than never

  • Published at 05:43 pm November 28th, 2018

It is imperative that the world agrees on substantial changes in governance to prevent disastrous changes to our climate

Climate scientists have repeatedly stated that unless we keep the global temperature rise to under 2 degrees Celsius, it will be catastrophic for the world we live in.

According to a sobering new UN report, by 2030, global greenhouse gas emissions could be almost 15 billion tons more than what is needed to keep the global temperature rise under control. 

This essentially means that not only do governments need to come together and implement green policies, but that these policies need to be drastic in nature to prevent the world’s current trajectory. 

Though each party had agreed to fight against climate change in the Paris Agreement three years ago, each of these so-called nationally determined contributions (NDCs) remains woefully short of what is required to prevent a dangerous global temperature rise. 

With the next Conference of Parties coming up on December 3 in Katowice, Poland, it is imperative that the world agrees on substantial changes in governance to prevent such disastrous changes to our climate. 

Bangladesh, too, has a significant part to play. Having led the fight against climate change to a great degree, with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina being awarded Champions of the Earth award as a result, and being one of the nations most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, there are few countries as well-suited to lead this fight as Bangladesh.

We must, as a nation, keep pushing richer countries to do the right thing to ensure that our future generations are not faced with a disaster scenario they cannot turn back from, and the time to act is now.