climate

May 19, 2024

Life in a heatwave: What it’s like, and what we need to do

70 countries and territories broke heat records in the first week of May this year. The impacts have been devastating, and only expected to worsen in coming years. In the wake of the most recent countrywide heatwave in Bangladesh, BRAC convened experts for a snap webinar to discuss what has been happening behind the headlines, how communities are coping and responding, and how we need to plan for a hotter future. This blog captures insights from that discussion. Watch the webinar here.
April 9, 2024

Donors, amidst the climate crisis, do not take your focus off of extreme poverty

Donors are increasingly asking us what we are doing to advance the green transition. Here’s my answer.
December 13, 2023

We must act fast on both climate displacement and adaptation. It’s right and it’s smart.

As global leaders gather in Geneva, Switzerland, for the Global Refugee Forum on 13-15  December 2023, BRAC Global’s Executive Director, a global champion in safeguarding people on the move, is calling for policy direction and investment to address climate displacement and support adaptation initiatives in the global south. With the climate crisis unfolding into a global emergency, how do we support communities to build climate resilience?
November 15, 2023

A new home, that never really feels like home

The impacts of the climate crisis are forcing thousands of people from coastal Bangladesh into the cities. They move on with their lives, but it's never quite the same. For many, they’ll never make enough money to return to their homes, and they lose generations of family, friends, livelihoods - but also culture and traditions. It's a new home, that never really feels like home.
November 15, 2023

Tackling the climate crisis – with a flower: A farmer’s diary

Extreme soil salinity is rendering thousands of hectares of farmland in coastal Bangladesh barren for months of every year. This slow-onset impact of the climate crisis is forcing millions of farmers to abandon a centuries-old - and one of the most basic - livelihoods. But not all is lost. Ashim Shikari is a farmer adapting to the climate crisis through sunflowers.
November 15, 2023

Women in coastal Bangladesh are losing their uteruses to the climate crisis

Water is life - except when that water is slowly killing you. This is the reality for millions of women in coastal Bangladesh who are subjected to reproductive health issues due to rising sea levels.
August 12, 2023

“The future is lit! (Because our planet’s burning)”

What’s on young people’s minds in Bangladesh? How to get a job, how to find a scholarship…the climate crisis?
June 23, 2023

A New Global Financial Pact: 5 asks from Bangladesh

$1.8 trillion in climate investment by 2030 can generate $7.1 trillion globally, but investment in climate is still falling woefully short, year after year. Policymakers from all over the world gathered to negotiate a new deal for climate finance at the The Summit for a New Global Financial Pact in Paris this week, and there’s hope that change is ahead. Climate experts from Bangladesh, one of the most climate-impacted nations in the world, share five recommendations they took to Paris:
June 22, 2023

Green and social investments in the global south will show returns worldwide

As global leaders gather in Paris for The Summit for a New Global Financing Pact on 22-23 June, BRAC and Groupe SOS directors, two global champions of social entrepreneurship, are calling for large scale investment in innovations in countries on the frontlines of social, environmental and climate crises - not only because it is the right thing to do, but because it is the smart thing to do.
March 22, 2023

Climate crisis: Youngsters taking charge of local water conversations

Young people have the most at stake in the climate crisis but their representation in climate leadership and decision making is still negligible. With one-fourth of the population of Bangladesh belonging to the 15-29 age-group, it’s high time their voices on climate crisis are heard and their suggestions heeded. Local conversations on safe water seems like just the perfect platform to start developing local youth leadership on climate change.
January 5, 2023

3 key insights from Frugal Innovation Forum 2022

At Frugal Innovation Forum 2022, we revisited the fundamental pillars of development with the post-pandemic world in mind. We reflected on the lessons learnt from the pandemic and together identified three key thematic focus areas in our quest to build back better.
November 6, 2022

How friendships build resilience to climate change

As the world increasingly faces rising disasters, crises and conflict, insights from Bangladesh share how the most vulnerable communities can build resilience, and how supporting people to form the right networks is a more powerful investment than we may realise.