Eco-Network, a youth-led organisation founded by a group of seven environmental science students from Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP), aims to create an eco-friendly world. Established in 2018 by Shamim Ahmed Mridha, Sadia Jahan Rothi, Emita Khan, Hasibul Haque Shanto, Kausar Nur, Nafeya Tabassum simkee, and Samiul Islam Sifat, Eco-Network has arranged various campaigns to raise awareness related to Sustainable Development Goals 5, 6, 7, 13, and 15. Besides Bangladesh, the organisation currently works with 9 other countries, including Nepal, Bhutan, India, Philippines, Nigeria, Cameroon, China, Ghana, and Ivory Coast.
“People from other countries showed their interest to work with us. Consequently, we took online interviews and appointed them as Regional Ambassadors of Eco-Network in their homelands,” shares Shamim, the founder of Eco-Network. The organisation has an executive and a sub-executive committee, who help monitor and maintain several activities conducted by the organisation. “We also have campus ambassadors from 13 universities, who are arranging awareness campaigns and workshops on environmental issues, such as climate change,” adds Shamim.
Alongside their vision to engage the young community in preserving nature, the organisation also work in various other sectors that assist their mission. Their tree plantation programmes, global climate strike, relief goods distribution in the Gaibandha district, and inclusive events with transgender community to ensure gender equality, are initiatives that are arranged and monitored regularly.
Eco-Network has already collaborated with around 12 academic institutions and is looking forward to reach young people through their campaigns soon. “We believe that young people play an important role in ensuring a sustainable environment. We hope that our platform manages to create awareness in the youth community, which in turn, will inspire them to take initiatives in building a greener world,” concludes Shamim.