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Protect our rivers no matter the cost

  • Published at 12:03 am August 20th, 2019

When it comes to protecting our nature, there can be no compromise

Finally, we see a step in the right direction when it comes to protecting our rivers from pollution.

It is encouraging to see that the Department of Environment has ordered the suspension of operations for a paper mill once it was found to have been polluting the Halda River, as the firm had been discharging untreated toxic waste into its waters.

For Bangladesh, unfortunately, this is a problem that has been plagued us for the longest time. It is a matter of both embarrassment and concern that for a riverine nation such as ours, most of our rivers now lie dying. 

Just last year, hundreds of dead fish of 20 different species were found floating in this very river, while others -- such as Buriganga, Shitalakkhya, and Dhaleshwari, to name a few -- have been polluted to such sickening extents their waters can no longer even be treated to make it safe and usable for people. 

As such, we cannot help but commend the Department of Environment for taking this issue seriously, and punishing those responsible.

Bangladesh and its authorities can no longer afford to remain indifferent to the constant negligence exhibited by companies when it comes to protecting the environment. 

With Bangladesh remaining one of the countries most vulnerable to the ravages of climate change, we need a zero tolerance policy as shown by the DoE in this instance: Companies will be shut down and perpetrators will be jailed and/or punished if they are seen to treat this country’s invaluable resources as anything short of precious.

When it comes to protecting our nature, there can be no compromise.