Society for Bangladesh Climate Justice

Society for Bangladesh Climate Justice

December 07, 2009 09:00 ET

Seminar on Climate Change Impacts on Bangladesh: Global Responsibilities

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Dec. 7, 2009) - The Society for Bangladesh Climate Justice (SBCJ) is organizing a seminar on climate change impacts on Bangladesh due to global warming. As the world leaders meet in Copenhagen next week, this seminar is to elucidate global warming, its effects on the low lying countries such as Bangladesh and to urge that the Copenhagen meeting reaches a binding agreement on the reduction of emissions and develops an effective mechanism as to how is the help needed by the developing countries to engage in reducing their emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change going to be financed.

The seminar will be held at the Liu Institute of Global Issues, UBC Campus, on December 9th, 2009 from 3:00 PM to 7:30 PM. Speakers at the seminar include James Mattison, Former Assistant Deputy Minister of BC Ministry of Environment; Professor John Richards (SFU); Professors Milind Kandlikar, William Rees and Roger Beckie (UBC); Rebeca Mallett (CIDA); Vic Galay (Northwest Hydraulic Consultants); Tony Sperling (Sperling Hansen Associates) and Professor Harun Rashid (University of Wisconsin-La Crosse).

SBCJ is a non-profit advocacy group formed by the Bangladeshi community living in the Greater Vancouver region of BC. Bangladesh is one of the low-lying countries in the world those are most vulnerable to climate change impacts. Climate change is the greatest environmental, social and economic threats of our time. The frequency of natural calamities like cyclone, floods, and tidal surges has increased manifold in various parts of the world. People in the South, particularly those in Bangladesh, Maldives and other coastal/low-lying island countries are on the brink of disasters. Sea level rise will inundate and displace millions of people in the future. Nearly 30 million people will be displaced in Bangladesh alone by 2030. Bangladeshi Canadians are greatly concerned about the environmental disasters and climate change-driven devastation in Bagladesh from global warming. As they are concerned, the map of Bangladesh may change in this generation due to rising sea level unless a global movement for climate justice is initiated and this issue is raised as a challenge for the global community. SBCJ feels that their effort will make a difference provided all work together and, more importantly, everyone wishes to make the difference.

If you would like more information on this seminar, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Iqbal Bhuiyan, please call 604-789-7182. You may also call Mr. Tareq Islam, P. Eng. at 604-702-5026.

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