Friday, November 11, 2011

Bangladesh Climate Justice Day 2011

Logo of Bangladesh Climate Justice
Day 2011
Change of climate and the tendency of related extreme ‘events’ and ‘tendencies’ is increasing both in intensity and frequency due to climate change. Sea-surface temperatures near the Bangladesh coast have increased by about 0.45 degrees Celsius in last five decades.
Only two or three decades back, the number of the local cautionary signal number three, on average, was used four to five times from the first week of June to mid-November. However, in 2008, the number tripled during the corresponding period. In 2010, the signal was used 14 times.
In last 20 years, the higher sea level at Bakkhali Point raised by 29 mm. Over the decade South Talpotti island is already disappeared. Other islands are on the same path. Inhabited islands like Kutubdia, Swandip and Hatia are under threat due to coastal erosion. The coastal zone was seriously damaged by 2 devastating cyclones in last 5 years. The country nearly escaped from Bijlee and Nargis-like cyclones.
Many international studies exposed the vulnerability of Bangladesh due to climate change. According to the climate risk indexes of Oxford Professor Dr. Caroline Sullivan, UK based Maplecroft and Germanwatch, Bangladesh is the most vulnerable country in present and coming 30 years.
Several studies show that the climate induced disasters are hampering the lives and livelihoods of at least 20 million people in Bangladesh. Among them at least 600 thousand people are displaced each year. Bangladesh Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan (BCCSAP 2009) estimate that at least 20 million people will have to migrate, by 2050, from the climate hotspots.
Bangladesh has already experienced some adverse impacts of climate change. Super cyclone Sidr hit the coastal zone on 15 November 2007 and caused death of more than 3,500 people. More than 10 million people lost their home and 30 thousand became permanent forced migrants. Only after 1 and half year cyclone Aila hit the coastal zone again. Though death toll is comparatively much lower, more than 300 thousand people lost their home due to huge damage of the cyclone. About 15 thousand people had to migrate from their locality due to long term inundation.
As a whole, climate change is like a manila-rope for Bangladesh and its poor people. In these circumstances, we are placing 5-point demands before United Nations, Industrialised countries and Bangladesh Government:
-        Adopting a protocol with legal binding of emission reduction from industrialised countries;
-        Equitable share and country-led allocation of climate funds under UN supervision;
-        Exclusion of World Bank's role in Climate Fund management;
-        Adoption of an international protocol dignifying climate forced migrants as Universal Natural Person with rights of free movement to the developed countries; and
-        Stop emission trading schemes as they are false solution of climate change
Alike other years UNFCCC COP17 is going to organise (29 Nov-10 Dec) this year at Durban, South Africa to take decision on post 2012 climate governance and financing. Just before the Bali Conference (2007) cyclone Sidr warned the global leaders about alarming consequence of climate change. To address the COP and to memorise Sidr, we are going to observe 15 November as Climate Justice Day each year.
In this year, UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon is coming to visit Bangladesh from 11-14 November '11. In the same time, Climate Vulnerable Conference is going to organise 13-14 November in Dhaka. So, we observe the Day on 13 November only this year.

In the mean time Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL), Equity and Justice Working Group-Bangladesh (Equitybd), Humanitywatch, ISDE-Bangladesh, Jago Nari, Participatory Research and Action Network (PRAN), Pirojpur Gono-Unnayan Samiti (PGUS), Prantojon Trust, Progoti and Shahai Foundation agreed to work together on the issue.

Detail of the events:

Vulnerable fishermen projection on the riverbank with their boats
Jago Nari, Equitybd, CHANCE, DOCAP, Khalifa Foundation, NSS,  Uddyom, SACO, Humanitywatch, Uttaran
Symbolic Human Chain in the Kirtankhola River
Prantojon Trust, AVAS, Equitybd, ASED, ICDA, ISDE, Jago Nari, PRAN, Progoti, PGUS, Shahai Foundation, Shapla Ful, Humanitywatch, Uttaran
Human Chain in front of Bhola Press Club
Coast Trust, CSRL, Equitybd, Humanitywatch, ISDE, Jago Nari, PGUS, PRAN, Progoti, Shapla Ful, Shahai Foundation, Uttaran
Human Projection with the Mask of World Leaders in front of Press Club
ISDE-Bangladesh, Agrajatra, Songshoptoque, Equitybd, Humanitywatch, Jago Nari, PGUS, PRAN, Progoti, Shapla Ful, Shahai Foundation, Uttaran
Cox's Bazaar
Human Projection at Laboni Point of Cox's Bazaar Sea Beach
Shahai Foundation,  Coast Trust, Prottoya, Equitybd, Humanitywatch, Jago Nari, PGUS, PRAN, Progoti, Shapla Ful, Uttaran
Human Chain in front of National Press Club
CSRL, Equitybd, Humanitywatch, ISDE, Jago Nari, PGUS, PRAN, Progoti, Shapla Ful, Shahai Foundation, Uttaran
Human Projection with Mask of UN Secretary General and other Annex-1 Country Leaders
Humanitywatch, AOSED, ASDO, CDP, Dhrupad, EFADF, Equitybd, JJS, LOCOS, Muktir Alo, Pothikrit, Prodipan, Rupayan, SPS, Uttaran
Youngsters projection with demands for Climate Justice
PRAN, Equitybd, Humanitywatch, ISDE-Bangladesh, Jago Nari, PGUS, Progoti, Shapla Ful, Shahai Foundation, Uttaran
Widows of the cyclone Victims projection for climate justice
Shapla Ful, CDAC, Equitybd, Humanitywatch, ISDE-Bangladesh, Jago Nari, PGUS, PRAN, Progoti, Shahai Foundation, Uttaran
Demonstration of a cyclone damaged Community with Human Projection
PGUS, Equitybd, Humanitywatch, ISDE-Bangladesh, Jago Nari, PRAN, Prantojon, Progoti, Shahai Foundation, Uttaran
Procession of Water Logged people with their homestead materials like cooking pot, clothes in sack etc.
Progoti, Deapta, Equitybd, IDEAL, IDF, Ledars, SODESH, SOPAN, SSUS, Sudipti, Sundarban Foundation, Humanitywatch, Uttaran

You are most welcome to participate in the events!