Civil society representatives have demanded funding to ensure low-cost housing for the city’s low-income people to combat the climate crisis.
They said that it is important to make a list of the poor people who have come to the city after being displaced due to climate change. They have to ensure compensation by documenting the total loss and damage in the government report.
They said these things at the civil dialogue titled ‘Climate Conference, Urban Poverty and Crisis’ at the Dhaka Reporters Unity Auditorium on Wednesday.
President of Bastivasi Rights Protection Committee, Hosne Ara Begum Rafeza, chaired and moderated by Director Pavel Parth, former Additional Director General of Environment Department spoke in the dialogue. Abdus Sobhan, Professor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. Nilopol Adri, Mihir Biswas, joint editor of BAPA, Shuman Shams, president of ‘Nongor Bangladesh’ and many others.
In the dialogue, engineer Abdus Sobhan said, “Climate change is having a harmful effect on poor people in Bangladesh and all over the world.” However, the amount of money being spent in the name of climate conference is not getting any results. Despite the repeated talk of reparations, rich countries are not doing so. ‘
He expressed hope that the compensation of the affected countries due to climate change will be ensured from this conference.
Professor Dr. Neelopal Adri said, ‘People are coming from villages to cities due to climate change. Even coming to the city, they are suffering from the negative effects of the climate. In the future, more people will come from villages to cities. To deal with this, they have to arrange their stay and work in the nearby towns and cities. ‘
Shuman Shams, the founder and president of the central committee of Nongor Bangladesh, demanded compensation for Bangladesh, which is in the list of the most affected countries due to climate change, and said, “The world leaders must simultaneously pledge and implement hope in taking a decision to deal with the global environmental disaster politically. Also, in order to maintain the natural wealth of the country, the leaders and activists of every political organization must come forward together with the people of all classes and professions to preserve the rivers and living nature of Bangladesh.
Slum dwellers of Barendra area of Rajshahi. Shah Alam said, “We were forced to leave the village and come to the city because of the water problem. Earlier in Barendra area water was available below 60 feet but now water is not available even after installation of deep tube wells below 150 to 200 feet. Because of this, he has to change his profession and earn a living in the city by doing various types of work including hawker, rickshaw driving. ‘
He demanded compensation for climate change from the representatives of rich countries present at the international climate conference to restore the environment of Barendra area.
Diakonia representative Khodeja Sultana Lopa said, “Because of the climate crisis, the inequality between men and women is increasing. Work pressure on women is increasing. People in poor countries are suffering without being responsible for this situation. ‘
Speakers urged countries responsible for climate change to act more responsibly.