My name is Sanjidul Islam, I am from Bangladesh. I am 15 years old and I live in Bhola district. According to UNICEF reports on climate change, Bhola is the most risky place among the 20 districts of Bangladesh that are affected by climate change. The most at-risk places in Bhola are the coastal areas. Like Monpura, Dhalchar, Kukri-Mukri. People in these areas face many natural disasters every year. So I am working for climate justice.
Bangladesh is my home. It is a beautiful country. The green landscape is everywhere in Bangladesh. But the beauty of Bangladesh is being destroyed. There are many problems in Bangladesh. At present, the Rohinga crisis is the biggest problem of Bangladesh. Many hills and trees have been cut down to provide them with shelter. The beach of Cox's Bazar is polluting for them. Moreover, the trees of Sundorban are cut down. As a result, the biodiversity is destroyed. On the other hand, the use of polyethylene in the world has increased. This is an international problem.
I love nature. I love Bangladesh. I love the world. But these problems make me suffer. So I work against these problems. To protect the environment, I raise awareness and bring back green landscapes in the nature. I have a plan to make a bio-gas project in our locality. I think it will be effective to save the environment.
During Eid, a lot of garbage is created every year in Bangladesh because of people's carelessness. This waste spreads germs and pollutes the environment. Moreover, Dengue mosquitoes are becoming more and more common in our country. So, people should know about it. That's why Little Citizens For Climate and YouthNet jointly organized an awareness program to make people aware of waste management.
The lack of clean water and safe sanitation poses a serious threat to the future of Bangladesh and to chronically malnourished children under the age of five. This is due in part to the lack of access to clean water and safe sanitation. It is estimated that over 70 million people in Bangladesh are affected by climate change, many of whom live in coastal areas. The coastal population faces increasing risks from sea level rise, saline intrusion, and arsenic contamination of groundwater, leading to insecurity and safe, affordable drinking water. In addition, the country's large and rapidly changing population is overburdening its land and continually depleting its water resources.1.8 billion people use a contaminated drinking water source with faces, putting them at risk for cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio (WHO/UNICEF 2015). An estimated 2.4 billion people worldwide lack access to basic sanitation (over 32% of the world's population, WHO/UNICEF 2017). 892 million people in South Asia still practice open defecation despite progress. In this context, more than 40 organizations including Khulna University, Khulna City Corporation took the initiative to organize the 2nd Coastal Water Convention 2019. It was successfully held on August 1 and 2 at Khulna University. Ministers, parliamentarians, government agencies, city officials, representatives from LGI, Department of Public Health and Engineering, academics and researchers from UN agencies were present as guests. NGOs, youth clubs and groups, representatives of vulnerable groups, students and the media also participated in the convention. More than 600 participants attended. I also participated in Little Citizens For Climate as an ambassador.
The speaker at the conference addressed the problem of water in coastal areas. They said, "People are suffering from the water crisis in more than 30% of the coastal areas. They don't have drinking water. They go to fetch water far from their homes (more than 5 km). Children suffer more than others." They also talked about climate justice.Citizens For Climate as an ambassador.