It is time for Western leaders to put their money where their mouths are
It is good to see Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina re-iterating the need for global action when it comes to combating climate change. While most of the Western leaders have taken a seeming vow of silence when it comes to making the objectives of COP26 (Glasgow climate change conference, 2020) a reality, it is wonderful that Bangladesh taking a resolute position on the matter, and calling for action against the biggest catastrophe the world has faced so far.
The prime minister has published an article in Financial Times -- a British Daily -- with a call to action for the global leaders against this catastrophe. She has stressed that it is still not too late to take action against climate change, if only Western leaders listen to what science demands of them. She has also stressed the importance of tangible actions in place of empty promises, something the West has been doing for a while now.
While the Western industrialist giants like the US are responsible for the bulk of climate change related damages, it is countries like Bangladesh that have to suffer the most. For example, the northern parts of Bangladesh are facing a crisis of fresh water, while the southern part of Bangladesh is under imminent threat from coastal flooding due to rising sea levels.
It is unfortunate that countries like Bangladesh have to pay the ultimate price for the actions of major polluters like the US and China. It is time for Western leaders to put their money where their mouths are, and take responsibility for a monster that has been their making.