Environment

September 14, 2021

Climate solutions from Bangladesh: Climate-resilient housing

With global warming set to intensify in the next decade, climate change adaptation is vital. The new normal must incorporate resilience at the heart of community, infrastructure, planning and policymaking. What would housing look like in the future? Here’s an example from Bangladesh, a country that is already facing the impacts of a warming climate.
August 19, 2021

A super cyclone, flooding and a pandemic: The year Bangladesh had three humanitarian crises at the same time

Germany and China experienced severe flooding this year, while Turkey, Australia and the US faced wildfires of catastrophic proportions. These events signify what looks to be our collective future. Alongside mitigation, we need to be looking for new ways of responding to a changing climate. Bangladesh, a country often referred to as the ground zero of climate change, has worked with communities to tackle disasters for half a century. What has it learnt? Build resilience at the community level.
June 5, 2021

World Environment Day 2021: 5 ways BRAC supports people to adapt to climate change

Bangladesh has been often called the ground zero of climate change. Geographically located at one of the world’s largest deltas, with more tropical cyclones occurring than any other country, means that its population of 163 million deal with the impacts brought on by the changing climate every day. On World Environment Day 2021, we look at five examples from BRAC on how to adapt to climate change.
May 20, 2021

Amplifying the voice of the Global South in climate science

It is essential that countries in the Global South, particularly those vulnerable to climate change, lead the way in generating scientific knowledge. The global recognition of Saleemul Huq’s work shows that Bangladesh is well poised to take on this challenge.
April 22, 2021

Snapshot: 9 ways BRAC is prioritising the Earth

One in seven people in Bangladesh will be displaced due to climate change by 2050. The geographical location of the country already makes it vulnerable to climatic hazards, and the impacts of climate change have compounded these vulnerabilities. BRAC has been taking both mitigation and adaptation measures in response to the changing climate. Here is a snapshot of some of the ways BRAC is putting the Earth first.
April 21, 2021

Climate resiliency through the lens of ultra-poverty: Six interventions from BRAC

Bangladesh ranks seventh in the global top ten most affected countries in the climate risk index 2021 report. Approximately 13.3 million Bangladeshis are estimated to be displaced by 2050 due to climate change impacts. To combat challenges of climate-induced disasters, learning from the past can be instrumental in reducing risks and better support people living in ultra-poverty.
April 21, 2021

Climate solutions from Bangladesh: The Climate Bridge Fund

This #EarthDay, we explore the Climate Bridge Fund, a unique climate financing mechanism in Bangladesh that supports non-governmental organisations directly responding to people displaced by climate change.
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.