Bangladesh Confronts Climate Change: Keeping our heads above the water
This is an International Development book launch
Wednesday 16th November 2016
Speakers: Dr Manoj Roy, Dr Joseph Hanlon
Chair: Professor Tim Forsyth
Bangladesh is hugely vulnerable to climate change, but refuses to be a helpless victim.
Climate change will make cyclones and floods more devastating; sea level is already rising. Bangladeshi officials, scientists and communities know what is coming and are already adapting, based on their experience of living with a very difficult environment. Cyclone shelters and warning systems now save tens of thousands of lives. Locally developed rice varieties mean Bangladesh is a rice exporter; newer varieties adapt to climate change. And coastal communities have found how to raise the land to match sea level rise.
Bangladeshis will keep their heads above water - if industrialised countries curb greenhouse gas emissions. Bangladeshi negotiators have been fighting for more than a decade to keep global warming below 1.5ºC, and to demand that industrialised countries pay for damage already done. They will be playing an important role in the annual climate change negotiations (COP 22) 7-18 November.
Manoj Roy is Lecturer at the Lancaster Environment Centre.
Joseph Hanlon is Visiting Senior Fellow at the Department of International Development.
Tim Forsyth is Professor of Environment and Development in the Department of International Development.
Read Dr Joseph Hanlon's blog on South Asia @ LSE here.