Hundreds of young people of Bangladesh took part in a youth-led Global Climate Strike in front of the National Press Club, Dhaka on Friday.
ActionAid Bangladesh, echoing with 72 countries, organised this Climate Strike in collaboration with Fridays for Future and young people groups, said a statement.
The goal of this climate strike was to urge all nations to act immediately in support of climate justice by sending a loud, yet nonviolent statement.
The strikers demanded the government should declare a ‘Climate Emergency’ and the world leaders must prioritise ‘People Not Profit’.
They also demanded for raising public awareness about the impacts of climate change and the actions needed to be taken to help the people already affected by it.
“The Paris Agreement’s fundamental objective was for all signatory nations to abide by it, in order to safeguard the earth and provide a safe future for next generations. But global leaders have barely
actualised the action points of the agreement,” said Nadira Sattar Meem, one of the participants in the climate strike.
“This climate strike will build momentum for children and young people to raise their voices together against the adverse effect of climate change. We cannot afford to continue to suffer in silence. It costs our lives,” said another striker.
The strikers also demanded acknowledgement and opportunities to participate in the upcoming COP27, which will be held in November in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, to share their thoughts and concern.
Through this climate movement with young people joining from around the globe, including Bangladesh, they wish to continue fighting for climate justice, including in COP 27 this year, the statement added.
Climate crisis is increasing exposing children and young people to an imminent danger and an uncertain future.