Dhaka, Bangladesh
Civil society wants climate change act amended

Civil society wants climate change act amended

Bangladesh is located in subtropical monsoon region. Its climate is characterized by high temperature, heavy rainfall and excessive humidity, and fairly marked seasonal variations. There are sufficient differences in the intensity of the seasons of the seasons at different places of the country. On the basis of the entire climatic condition of Bangladesh the country can be divided into seven distinct climatic zones. There is now the need to form a National Climate Commission and an identical National Climate Regulation headed by the prime minister, amending the Climate Change Trust (BCCT) Act 2010. Although the government was carrying out large scale projects with local and foreign monetary support to combat climate change, people most at risk were yet to benefit from them. Any climatic change in Bangladesh will, of course, be a part of worldwide climatic changes. It is generally claimed that the temperature of the earth has been increasing since the beginning of the 20th century. This phenomenon, called GLOBAL WARMING, is attributed to the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) due to the burning of fossil fuel. However, not all scientists subscribe to the global warming hypothesis. According to some analysts, the effects of increase temperature will have both destructive and beneficial in consequences -destructive to some areas and beneficial to other areas. Global warning will cause the polar ice caps and Himalayan icecaps to melt at a slow pace. As a consequence, it is estimated that the sea level will rise 2-3 metres by the year 2050. If this prediction comes true, then a significant area of the southern half of Bangladesh will be submerged by the Bay of Bengal. However, there is another side to the argument. Actually climate changes on a global scale do not occur overnight. In fact, they occur only over a timescale of thousands of years. In order to ensure that the bad effects of climate change do not adversely affect the pole of our country, good governance is imperative. As the primary initiative of good governance for attending to climate change effects and problems,, a joint monitoring system- by the parliamentary standing committee, local public representatives, experts, non-governmental organizations and media- should have started by amending the 2010 Climate Change Trust Act. The existing institutions and organizations that work to combat climate change in the country should remain united in the greater interest of Bangladesh as well as the vulnerable people, and place their demands before the political parties ahead of the upcoming election. There has to be a Bangladesh Climate Action Forum.

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