Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Climate Justice Week Kicked Off by Green Groups

11 November 2012, Khulna: More than 100 green organizations declared week-long mobilization on Climate Justice Week 2012 today (11 November 2012). They declared the program in a press conference organized in a hotel in Khulna city. Humanitywatch, collaboration with Campaign for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods (CSRL), Climate Finance Governance Network (CFGN) and GROW, is observing the week from 11-17 November with more than 100 organizations in 23 districts of Bangladesh.
CSOP-Khulna Convener Shamim Arfeen is reading the texts
CFGN Khulna convener Shamim Arfeen read out the written speech in the conference. Coordinator of the campaign Hasan Mehedi, civic leader Advocate Feroz Ahmed and Shamima Sultana Shilu is present in the press conference.
The civil society organizations are observing the week because the developed countries are trying to bypass their responsibility to reduce carbon emission though they are historically liable for devastating global warming, the organizers said in the written speech. 
The organizers also blame the developed countries for delaying in delivering adequate finance for adaptation. They declared 9 point demands including deep cut of emission, stop debt-business of multilateral development banks by using climate-crisis, ensure transparency, equity and justice in climate finance, allowing climate forced migrants in developed countries, include population and reproductive health in climate adaptation, ensuring new and additional fund for most vulnerable countries, keeping out world bank from climate funds and ensuring local ecology based adaptation.
The organizers declared that the week will be organized by media stunt, human projection, gathering and mock in 23 districts of Bangladesh. The programs will recall the death and damage in 1970's Gorky (cyclone on 12 November 1970) and cyclone Sidr (15 November 2007).
The districts include Bagerhat, Barguna, Barisal, Bhola, Chittagong, Comilla, Cox's Bazar, Dhaka, Feni, Gaibandha, Jessore, Khulna, Kishorganj, Narail, Natore, Noakhali, Patuakhali, Pirojpur, Rangamati, Satkhira, Sunamganj and Sylhet.
The organizers inform that right groups in India, Indonesia, Pakistan and USA expressed their solidarity with the initiative.