Copensation for affected states demanded
Environmental activists denounced the uncertainty in making a just climate deal at the ongoing Copenhagen summit.
They demanded mandatory reduction of green house gas emissions for both the rich and the poor nation and direct financial assistance for vulnerable countries like Bangladesh, says a press release.
They said these at rally at Shahbagh in the city in solidarity with the worldwide anti-climate change demonstration. Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) organised the event.
Bapa President Prof Muzaffer Ahmad regretted the divide among the rich and the poor countries, small island countries and emerging economies, including India, China, South Africa and Brazil.
Speakers said that though the industrialised nations, including United Sates, Canada, European Union and Australia, are the major green house gas emitters, underdeveloped countries like Bangladesh and small island countries have to bear the worst consequences of climate change.
But the industrialised countries do not appear to meet the 5 percent carbon cut by 2012 as bound by Kyoto protocol, they said.
They demanded direct financial aid for affected countries instead of carbon trading and technology to cope up.
Bangladesh has to institute a transparent mechanism to utilise any foreign aid along with its internal initiatives to protect the rivers and soil from pollution and depletion of forests to adapt and combat climate consequences, they said.
Representatives from different civil society organisations took part at the rally.