photo: Ahron de Leeuw via flickr
Dhaka, Bangladesh just experienced more rainfall in a single day than it has seen in over half a century (13" in 12 hours!), so it somehow seems even more appropriate that Environment Minister Mustafizur Rahman has just outlined some $4.35 billion in climate change adaptation projects the nation wants to undertake. If it can get the money to do so:Planting Trees Along Coast, Raising Embankments, More...
Gulf Times quotes Rahman,
The money would be spent on building and raising embankments and roads, constructing thousands of shelters, dredging major rivers, planting trees along the coastal belts, and reclaiming land from the sea.
As to how to pay for all of this, Rahman said Bangladesh would be approaching the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and asking for funding from the rich nations of the world.
Pointing out that Bangladesh has some of the lowest carbon emissions of any nation on the planet, it was the responsibility of these wealth nations -- who have been historically the cause of the problem -- to help out.
This is Life or Death For Us
Rahman described the seriousness of the situation plainly,
It is a matter of life and death for us. We want justice for our people. We urge all to assist our people and take immediate action to save planet Earth.
That's the core of climate change that I'm not sure gets through all the time. For those of us living in relatively temperate climates in wealthy countries, things could get bad in numerous ways that TreeHugger has outlined many times -- but it's not a life and death situation with the sense of immediacy that it is in Bangladesh, the Maldives, or any number of Pacific Islands. All of which lack the funds to really do much about it, nor have had anything to do with creating the situation.
via: Gulf Times
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