Digital climate strike to stop the coal-based powerplant at MATARBARI
An online digital strike has taken place to abolish the Coal-based powerplant situated at Matarbari, Cox’s Cox’s Bazar and all over tge country to meet the Paris Climate Justice Agreement.
This Online strike has been initiated by an organisation “YouthNet for Climate Justice” to join the Friday for Future movement lead by Gretta Thunberg. Young society of Cox’s Bazar circulated playcard on social media supporting the movement. This movement sparked the emotions of the youth network and has gained a numerous responses from the country and overseas.
Young Climate Activists proposed the Japanese Government to not finance the second phase of construction of the largest Coal-based powerplant project concerning the violation of human rights, catastrophic event in the local area and other catastrophic events.
Jabed Nur Shantaw, the coordinator of the Cox’s Bazar branch of Youthnet for Climate Justice, said, “Our Cox’s Bazar will face great disasters amd catastrophic events in the surrounding environment if this Coal-based powerplant project continues to operate. If Cox’s Bazar is. Kt saved, the Bangladesh economy could face a recession. Country’s socio-economic status will be down. We shall not let it happen. If we want to save our future generations, we should move apart from the coal-based powerplant to the renewable energy sources. More investment in the renewable energy sector can make our country emit less carbon emissions and can protect ourselves from tge disasters of Climate change. Hence, both countries can go ahead in this agreement.”
Sohanur Rahman, an organizer of Fridays for Future Bangladesh said, “While the country is on the top on the list of most affected countries from climate change, the country could reach the top in the list of most polluting countries as it concentrates more on fossil fuel. In last November, as for the young climate movement activists, for the first time in the world, Bangladesh National Parliament announced the planetary emergency state. We have faced the Tsunami Umphan amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Bangladesh is on the leading position of climate vulnerable forum. Hence, while the world is approching towards green recovery in this pandemic, the government can not afford to take the conflicting project that violates the agreement.”
JAICA is one of the reliable developing partner of Bangladesh for the long time. Jaica has already funded 1.48 billion dollars in Matarbari Coal-based powerplant and also plans for further investment of 1.32 billion dollars. The second phase of construction of this project is supposed to be led by the funds from Jaica. Bangladesh government needs 8 billion dollars to recover the economy of which, more than half of it is supposed to get from the foreign investors. Amid this, the government has demanded 1 billion dollar from Jaica.
Also, Bangladesh has faced a loss of more than 129 million dollars from the Tsunami Umphan. In this regard, more Official Development Assistance debt to this project will increase the total debt which will hamper the infrastructural development activities of Bangladesh.
( bdnews2. eu /5 July / Z I)
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