Khulna, 22 October 2016: The earth cannot be saved by emission cut as per Paris Agreement. The commitment of developed and advanced developing countries are quite insufficient to reduce global warming. Besides, they are not fulfilling their commitment of providing 100 billion US dollar per year for reducing vulnerability. It is a totally betrayal to the most vulnerable communities. The speakers said it in the inaugural press conference of Climate Justice Week today (22 October 2016, Saturday) at Humayun Kabir Balu Auditorium of Khulna Press Club. Coastal Livelihood and Environmental Action Network (CLEAN), Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and Committee of Concerned Citizen (CCC) jointly organized the workshop. CLEAN-TIB-CCC Working group convener Advocate Kudrat-E-Khuda moderated the press conference while CLEAN chief executive Hasan Mehedi read out the written speech.
In the written speech Hasan Mehedi said, as per the voluntary commitment of Annex-1 countries and advanced developing countries like China and India the global temperature may touch 4 degree Celsius by 2050 which is far more than the targeted 2 degree Celsius of Paris Agreement. Bangladesh and low-lying countries will be at risk of sinking at that level of emission. Besides, the developed countries pledged to provide 100 billion dollars for reducing the vulnerability to climate change per year, but only 1 billion dollars has been provided from Green Climate Fund so far. Contrarily World Bank and other Multilateral Banks are making loan business by using the vulnerability of the climate affected people.
The green groups declared 11-point demand to the world leaders including immediate deep cut of emission, sufficient compensation to the climate victims, ensuring transparency, accountability and people's participation in climate finance, ensuring domestic and international safe migration of climate forced migrants, prioritize adaptation over mitigation in the least developed countries and formation of national climate authority for effective negotiation and implementation.
The organizers declared a "Climate Justice Week" from 22-28 October 2016 all over Bangladesh to raise voices of climate victims. The week will be observed in Dhaka, Khulna, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Jessore, Jhenaidah, Pirojpur, Jhalakathi, Barisal, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Noakhali and Cox's Bazar with Climate Victims Procession, Forced Migrants Rally, Shadow Climate Justice Tribunal, Hoax on G-8 Meeting on Climate Change, Coffin Rally, Craft Rally etc.
Deputy Director of Information Department M. Javed Iqbal, CCC member Shahida Akhter Putul, Advocate Ashok Kumar Saha, Bangladesh Human Rights Enforcement Committee coordinator Advocate Mominul Islam, civic leader Sheikh Abdul Halim, SPACE coordinator Salah Uddin Titol, TIB area manager Firoz Uddin, Ashraful Alam, YES member Mahmudun Nabi Sujan, SM Mamunur Rashid, Shusmit Sarkar, Foyezun Nahar Pinky, Uttam Tarafder, CLEAN campaign officer Nashim Rahman Kiron, Shubarna Islam Disa was present in the press conference among others. Hasan Mehedi Chief Executive, CLEAN Phone: +88 017 1670 2006