Climate strike to demand stop using harmful fuels
Young climate activists organized a global climate strike to call for adopting renewable energy sources instead of dangerous fossil fuels. On March 24, Friday, young activists gathered in Karwan Bazar, Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, and marched in front of the Dhaka National Press Club.
The call of “Fridays for Future,” a school student-led movement started by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, contributes to the climate strike’s global celebration.
On Friday in Dhaka, it was co-hosted by Youth net for Climate Justice and the Center for Atmospheric Pollution Studies (CAPS).
Prof. Ahmad Kamruzzaman Majumdar, founder of CAPS and Chairman of the Department of Environmental Science, at Stamford University, Bangladesh, called for urgent action to reduce air pollution and deal with climate change.
He emphasized the need for a shift away from fossil fuels and renewable energy sources to protect the future of the young generation.
Sohanur Rahman, Executive Coordinator of Youth net for Climate Justice, said it’s not essential to wait long to understand how important it is to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels.
He added that now is the time to act on climate disaster damage. Investments in renewable energy must be greatly increased.
At the climate strike, young climate activists highlighted the challenges posed by the rising cost of living, electricity bills, load-shedding, and inflation. They argued for a significant increase in renewable energy in the government’s upcoming power master plan to ensure Bangladesh’s energy security.
Prominent climatologist and director of the International Center for Climate Change and Development Salimul Haque said the climate crisis is a clear and present disaster that demands urgent action.