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Bangladesh urges global leaders to listen to science

A group of Bangladeshi civil society members has urged global leaders to listen to the plights of climate victims and condemned industrialised countries for blocking a "loss and damage" mechanism in the UN climate change conference in Warsaw, Poland.

The mechanism is an arrangement that the most vulnerable countries were expecting to take shape in the conference. But it failed because of disagreement of some developed nations like Australia, Canada and Japan.

Bangladeshi civil society climate alliance asked world leaders to listen to the science and reach an agreement to save the planet from possible climate catastrophe by reducing carbon emission.

The call came at a press conference at the Warsaw National Stadium on Thursday.

In a statement, Ahsan Uddin Ahmed, on the group's behalf, said by delaying the legally binding agreement by 2015 and a road map towards climate financing of $100 billion by 2020, the developed countries were in fact giving death sentences to thousands of people of the least developed countries.

Ziaul Haque Mukta of Oxfam Asia, who moderated the press conference, criticised the attitude of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) as they were ignoring the spirit of the Kyoto Protocol by refusing to reduce their emission level.

BRICS leaders said reducing their carbon emission would hurt their development. Because of their refusal, many developed countries spoke against a new legally binding climate treaty.

Abdul Matin of BAPA criticised the colonial attitude of the rich and developed countries for not listening to the logics and even the science.


Asaduzaman of BIDS mentioned that parties in climate conference were bypassing the agriculture and sea acidification issues.

Published in The Daily Star.

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