It's time to speak up about climate change | ActionAid UK

Jon Date

Senior Advocacy Manager

Climate change is already causing huge hardship for people around the world, including children like Mukta from Bangladesh. That’s why we’re joining the UK’s biggest ever meeting with MPs on climate change this Wednesday, to demand action.

Mukta and her mother planting rice in Bangladesh - one of the countries worst affected by climate change.
Mukta and her mother planting rice in Bangladesh - one of the countries worst affected by climate change.

Climate change in Bangladesh

Sadly it’s the poorest people in the world that are being hit first and hardest by the effects of climate change. Mukta, 9, and her mother live in Sunamganj district in Bangladesh – the country that is most vulnerable, according to experts.

Where they live, flash flooding used to take place every four to six years, but large-scale deforestation and climate change means it’s happening much more often – eight times over the last 10 years.

These flash floods often wipe out crops, meaning widespread hunger which stops children like Mukta being able to go to school.

She told us: “I feel afraid. When the floods come, our houses fall – everything collapses. Strong floods suddenly rush down the mountains and that’s why when the water enters our homes, we run to the college building to take shelter.”

We need action

Thanks to money from child sponsorship, we’ve been working with Mukta’s community to cope with the floods, by helping them build embankments to defend against the floodwaters for example.

But helping communities to be more resilient is not enough – we need to tackle the root problem. We need action from governments to stop climate change so that more families don’t have their jobs or homes destroyed by flooding or other natural disasters.

Not only that, we need governments from rich countries (which have been responsible for carbon emissions which have led to climate change) to provide finance to help poorer countries adapt to the changing environment and to compensate the people and communities that have been affected.

That’s why we’ve joined The For The Love Of… campaign and are part of the UK’s biggest ever meeting with MPs on climate change this Wednesday (17th June).

What you can do

We’re coming together to show our love for all the things we could lose because of climate change – and to ask our MPs to:

  • Make it clean! We need to be getting all our energy from clean sources.
  • Make it fair! Support developing countries hardest hit by climate change.
  • Make it work! For the sake of people and the environment – locally, nationally and globally.

So, for the love of Bangladesh and all the things that could be lost to climate change, join the Climate Coalition campaign now.

 

 

Photo: Nicolas Axelrod/ActionAid