Environment

March 31, 2021

Agents of change: Three primary schools in Bangladesh being watched by the world

As vaccinations are distributed globally and schools closed for months start planning to open, questions are being raised about what changes we need to our education system in a post-pandemic world. We have a unique chance to shape our curriculum and teaching and learning methods now for when we reopen, and climate change, diversity and gender equality are challenges that should be high on that priority list. Three schools in Bangladesh were globally recognised for their work in these areas in 2019; this blog takes a closer look at them.
March 22, 2021

Valuing water: Where are we, and what do we stand to gain?

World Water Day is observed every year on 22 March. Around the world, 2.2 billion people live without access to safe water, and this day is about raising awareness and taking action to tackle the global water crisis. The theme this year is valuing water. A core focus of the day is to support the achievement of the sixth Sustainable Development Goal: Water and Sanitation for All by 2030.
July 20, 2020

Urban agriculture: Future source of organic food for city dwellers

COVID-19 could double the number of people facing acute food insecurity across the world - pushing 130 million more to the brink of starvation. Greener, more edible cities could provide a solution.
June 5, 2020

World Environment Day 2020: Time to look at how we will recover better

Today is World Environment Day. The day comes at a time of enormous upheaval. As the world faces COVID-19, we are seeing significant reductions in carbon emissions as well as significant rises in plastic disposable products and medical waste. The question we should all be asking is: What do we want the world to look like after the pandemic?
April 22, 2020

Lessons from COVID-19 on World Earth Day

Today is World Earth Day, and this year’s theme is climate action. Countries are expected to strengthen their commitments to the Paris Agreement on climate change. COVID-19, however, is teaching us other lessons.
April 22, 2020

Let there be light – How the WE SOLVE project is bringing light and opportunity to rural Tanzania

This Earth Day, we focus on the impact projects like WE SOLVE have had on both the planet and people living in poverty.
March 8, 2020

Putting resilience in the hands of communities

Chittagong Hill Tracts is home to 11 different ethnic groups and has a population of 1.6 million. Around 70% of this population resides in the rural areas. They rely exclusively on natural resources for their daily sustenance.
January 26, 2020

One-stop solutions for women in hard-to-reach areas

Wetland regions are vulnerable to natural calamities throughout the year. BRAC’s integrated development programme provides training to people living in the haor region so that they can be climate-resilient.
January 15, 2020

Cyclone simulations save lives in coastal areas

If a cyclone hit, how should we react? Who will evacuate to cyclone shelters first? What will happen to livestock? BRAC’s cyclone simulation helps answer these questions well in advance to prepare for when disaster strikes.
December 2, 2019

The green envoy: A step towards an environmentally-friendly BRAC

Combatting the dynamics of climate change requires synergistic effort. At BRAC, we are ensuring that climate-resilient approaches are mainstreamed into all our development interventions.
October 13, 2019

Tackling the mental health crisis during a disaster

Bangladesh is the eighth worst affected country in the world in terms of natural disasters. Between 2008 and 2017, approximately 37 million people were affected.
October 3, 2019

Climate strike and the dengue outbreak: Is there a link?

Climate change is playing itself out in more ways than just hotter summers. Bangladesh has been experiencing it first-hand. For this country, millions of people coming together during the global #climatestrike holds incredible value.