Civil society calls for an immediate end to the use of fossil fuels

Civil society representatives demanded an immediate end to the use of fossil fuels.

They made this request during a post-COP-26 discussion titled “A COP 26 post-mortem: cry, results and takeaways”.

The event was organized by the Participatory Research and Development Center (CPRD) associated with BARCIK, CANSA-BD, CCDB, CDP, COAST Foundation, Maleya Foundation, NCC, B, SDS and YPSA.

The discussion took place at the National Press Club, Tofazzal Hossain Manik Miah Boardroom.

Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, chairman of the Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation, said in his presidential address: “Often our policy makers do not see regional issues and people’s issues at the root. Sometimes they send people to collect information. the information they give does not often come from the heart, but rather from their head. “

Mentioning the negative impacts of climate change, he said: “The global temperature has risen by 1.1 degrees Celsius, which will create many climate migrants. If we cannot limit the global temperature to 1.5 degrees Celsius and if the limit is declared at 2 degrees Celsius instead of 1.5 degrees Celsius, it will become a death trap for many regions. “

In his opening speech, Dr Md Shamsuddoha, Director General of CPRD, said: “Apart from certain limitations, COP-26 enabled many important achievements. To fight climate change, COP-26 brought new hope. All sides are moving, to continue efforts to limit the rise in global temperature to 1.5 ° C, is the start of a new path. It is the result of our various movements, research, declarations and demands.

He added: “Our demand to limit global temperatures to 1.5 ° C has also been strengthened since the publication of the IPCC AR6 report.”

He also noted: “Time flies and it will soon be too late to reduce carbon emissions in order to keep global temperatures below 1.5 degrees. was not achieved due to the dissenting positions of India, China and some other countries. “

Dr Shamsuddoha demands to stop using fossil fuels, including coal by 2050. He also demands that all of Bangladesh’s adaptation plans be bottom-up approaches and that they focus on the vulnerable and the poor. community needs.

Qamrul Islam Chowdhury, President of the Bangladesh Environmental Journalist Forum, said, “We went to the COP with the determination to lengthen the schedule of ‘phase out’ of coal, but due to the obstacle created by China, the ‘India and some other countries, we had no choice but to accept the “step down” policy. These countries have forced other countries to accept this issue because of their low economic advantage. “

He said that an appropriate position must be taken against these unfair decisions. He also complained that negotiators in other countries have a bossy, know-it-all attitude, but this is not reflected in their work.

Dr Nurul Quadir, Former Additional Secretary, Kawser Rahman, Chairman of the Journalists’ Forum on Climate Change, Syed Jahangir Hasan Masum, Executive Director of CDP, Nikhil Chandra Bhadra, the Sundarbans and Head of the Coast Belt Protection Movement and others were present during the discussion.

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