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ED: Leading the charge against climate change in the time of Covid-19

  • Published at 12:21 am June 11th, 2020
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We cannot and must not forget the ever-present crisis that only gets worse with each passing year -- that of climate change

Every country in the whole world is currently busy fighting the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic; the virus has devastated lives and livelihoods and there is every reason for the immediate focus to be on stopping this pandemic. 

However, in the midst of the crisis posed by the pandemic, we cannot and must not forget the ever-present crisis that only gets worse with each passing year -- that of climate change. 

To that end, it is extremely good to see that Bangladesh now leads the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) -- a group of 48 countries vulnerable to rising seas and extreme weather -- for the next two years. 

More encouragingly, it appears from the get go that Bangladesh is going to take this responsibility extremely seriously, and has vowed to put pressure on the wealthy nations aggravating the global warming crisis to be more mindful and cut their emissions. 

Furthermore, in its leadership role, Bangladesh is also set to expand upon a trust fund that has been set up to help its members tackle climate change, along with lobby for international progress on responding to the rise of loss and damage from climate extremities. 

This remains a grave injustice in the world, that the nations at disproportionately greater risk to the effects of climate change -- and Bangladesh is one of them -- have done very little to cause the problem in the first place. 

It is time that the wealthier nations -- those that have enjoyed their industrialization and rapid modernization at the cost of our planet -- do their part and help the vulnerable nations that, through no fault of their own, have had to bear the brunt of this climate crisis.

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