On the eve of the world climate conference, COP 25 on December 2ndin Madrid, the German Embassy, in collaboration with the British High Commission, British Council and GIZ launched a photo exhibition under the motto: Climate Change – Time for Action on 20 November 2019. The exhibition will remain open till 5 December 2019.
Mr. Md. Shahab Uddin, Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change inaugurated the exhibitionand also handed over the first prize to the winner of the photo competition. The German Amabassador Mr. Peter Fahrenholtzandthe British Chargé d’AffaireMr. KanbarHoseinBorappearedin the event as special guests and handed over the prizes among the other winners. Representatives from the government of Bangladesh, different diplomatic missions, UN missions and bilateral agencies, civil society, academia, news media and interested individuals from diverse background attended the event.
Responding to a social media call for submission of photographs on the effects of Climate Change in the life of the people and the environment of Bangladesh many participants submitted their photographs. From the submissions 50 photos were chosen for the exhibition of which 3 photos won the prizes. A movie capturing stories of people moved to Dhaka from rural areas due to adverse impacts of climatic change was also shown during the exhibition.
The effects of Climate Change are becoming more and more visible. Recent reports say that the effects are occurring much faster than earlier predictions. This is not only alarming news for climate vulnerable countries like Bangladesh but to all nations. The Bangladesh delegation to the COP 25 is encouraged to stand out with ambitious demands and commitment at the conference.