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Climate Change Refugees
By admin January 24, 2017

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In the country of Bangladesh, climate change is taking a toll on the population. Climate scientists have gathered that heat-trapping gases due to extreme burning of fossil fuels will begin to crank up the temperature, melting the earth’s ice and thus raising the sea levels. This leaves large areas without crops or agricultural supply as well as flooded villages wrecked with illness and unclean water sanitation. Villagers are forced to flee as the sea levels continue to encroach upon their homes. Bangladeshis are saying that the climate is changing too rapidly for them to adapt. Man made pollutants as well as natural causes is to blame for this climate change.

 

The prediction is that global sea levels could rise more than three feet by 2100, thus completely wiping out areas and villages. It’s estimated 50 million Bangladeshis will flee the country by 2050 if rising sea levels continue on the predicted path. However, residents don’t want to leave and migrate. The rising sea levels don’t only impact health issues, but leave families with no choice but to take drastic measures. Families are selling their children’s labor to companies, such as brick factories, to in-turn receive money to repay debts on their loans for their huts after storms have swept them to ruins. The rivers of Bangladesh are so polluted that the people rely mostly on groundwater for drinking. The seawalls were poorly constructed and are failing, while many of the cities are already sinking. Changing weather conditions leave dry fish businessmen out of luck, living a dangerous life if food cannot even be secured for the next meal. The process of drying fish begins in October and continues through February or March, making the process difficult with the rising sea levels. On an island in the Bay of Bengal, salt fields are impacting rice farmers, leaving it very difficult to focus on the agriculture, but rather farming the salt. Luckily in this situation, salt farming brings in more money that farming crops.

 

Sadly, these countries adversely affected by such threats are those countries emitting barely any emissions – with Bangladesh producing only 0.3 percent of total global emissions. Developing countries should be open-armed to climate migrants from those in less developed countries. Dr. Atiq Rahman, the executive director of the Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies, stated that, “it’s a matter a global justice.” He went on further to declare that the more developed, rich countries are to blame while those that haven’t contributed are suffering. The impacts of climate change are affecting Bangladesh, however they are facing added repercussions by the World Bank and the UK placing climate loans. When the UK is responsible for causing climate change, along with many others, smaller countries with very small emissions are in the hole. These loans being offered to Bangladesh through the World Bank will push them even deeper into poverty. Already, they are pushing Bangladesh to “privatize and commercialize power, water and education.” These are the climate change refugees and they need larger countries to realize the toll they are taking on behalf of countries like Bangladesh.

 

Read More:

Why Bangladesh doesn’t want climate adaptation loans

Bangladesh struggles to turn the tide on climate change as sea levels rise

Climate Change Knows No Borders

Haunting Photos Show Effects Of Climate Change In Bangladesh

Borrowed Time on Disappearing Land
On the climate change frontline: the disappearing fishing villages of Bangladesh


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