Bangla Thursday, August 13, 2020


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Climate change activist Greta Thunberg speaks at the High-Level event on Climate Emergency during the UN Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid, Spain December 11, 2019/ Reuters

Climate activist Greta Thunberg has announced to donate €1 million which she received on July 20 after winning the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity.

The Greta Thunberg Foundation will donate the amount to charitable projects combatting the climate and ecological crisis and supporting people facing its worst impacts, in Bangladesh the money will be aided through BRAC and ActionAid.

According to the website of BRAC, the money will go to organisations providing direct relief to people suffering from the humanitarian crisis caused by ongoing extreme monsoon flooding in both countries, currently affecting over 9.6 million people in the region.

Asif Saleh, the executive director of BRAC Bangladesh said, "Whole families are living on the sides of roads, without drinking water, food or access to sanitation. BRAC is on the ground in all 64 districts in Bangladesh and is working closely with the government to reach the people in the most need."

This flooding has also come during a period of overlapping crises facing communities in India and Bangladesh. In March, Cyclone Amphan destroyed crops, infrastructure and more than 260,000 homes in both countries, while a Covid-19 lockdown has contributed to over a third of Bangladesh's population dropping under the poverty line.

"Bangladesh is one of the most resilient countries in the world, and we are used to living with floods, but not with floods three or four times in less than a year. There is a limit to how much we can cope with and adapt to. These families must be compensated to rebuild their homes and restore their livelihood in a climate-proof way. We demand climate justice and we need support," said Farah Kabir, country director of ActionAid Bangladesh.