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Cleaning up our act

  • Published at 11:59 pm January 21st, 2019
Photo: MEHEDI HASAN
Photo: MEHEDI HASAN

Corruption and a lack of resources act as major obstacles in the fight against climate change

It is a matter of utmost concern that the Department of Environment’s (DoE) enforcement operations against polluting industries have decreased by 45% over the course of last year.

We should be doubling down against polluters, throwing the book at them, but instead, we are letting them go.

This is especially concerning because studies have shown that the existence of factories near our water-bodies remain one of the biggest contributors to pollution in this country, affecting both our air and water.  

Is it any surprise then that Dhaka has consistently been ranked as the second-most polluted city in the world?

While one could try to make the argument that the DoE’s efforts since its inception have had enough of an impact to reduce such operations, sadly, that has not been the case in reality. 

According to the additional director of DoE, a major problem with enforcement remains the lack of availability and action of the police, who needs to work in conjunction with the department if any changes are to be made. 

Corruption and a lack of resources act as major obstacles in the fight against climate change, but as a nation who has led the world in this fight for the last decade or so, we cannot afford to let that derail us from the task of cleaning up our act. 

It is time to get serious and crack down on those who harm the environment around us, so that the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we live on are suitable for us, and for future generations.