UN Resident Coordinator in Dhaka Gwyn Lewis has said climate change is happening today and there are lots of plans and places to mitigate and adapt.
“The voices of young people are being reflected and integrated into these plans. Now we need action. We need to know young people‘s perspectives on climate issues,” she said ahead of the COP27.
To foster climate negotiation and youth voice at the global level, Brighters Society of Bangladesh, with the support of ActionAid Bangladesh organized a virtual two-day long pre-COP conference titled ‘Bangladesh Youth COP 2022’ on September 17-18.
Director of the International Center for Climate Change and Development Prof Saleemul Huq said, “Don’t have high hopes from COP 27. The leaders of the world come together in COP and take some small initiatives. So, only participating in COP is not important.”
He said the climate change problem of yesterday is not the same for today or tomorrow. “We already entered the era of loss and damage of climate change. We need to highlight the loss and damage issues in the COP. Polluters of the world must agree and pay to the sufferers of pollution. Young people need to act as leaders and activists to advocate and engage others.’’
Saber Hossain Chowdhury, MP said it is impressive that young people from every corner of Bangladesh are thinking about the whole world.
“We need them to battle against the climate change issues. We are seeing different crises globally because of climate change,” he said.
However, the lawmaker said, the sad reality is that they have not yet found any sustainable solution for it.
“Climate change is an agenda of young people, by the young people and for the young people. It’s high time young people led from the forefront, their voices are heard and acted upon. I think, even though they are the front liners, their concerns are not reflected and often remain unheard at the policy-making level,” he said while speaking as the chief guest at the closing session.