Global warming and climate change are major concerns now that have severe impacts on agriculture, living organisms and ultimately the total environment. Bangladesh is the most vulnerable country in the world to climate change. Because the agricultural sector has become increasingly vulnerable to the frequency of flash floods, cyclones, storms, tidal surges, salinity, cold and heat waves, and droughts. Given the huge challenges posed by climate change and unpredictability, as well as the consequences for agriculture and the environment, it is critical to conduct coordinated and methodical research encompassing multi-disciplinary sectors. In light of this, the Institute of Climate Change and Environment (ICCE) was founded in 2022 to produce qualified workforce via education, research, and training on climate change and its impact on agriculture and the environment using various modern methodologies and instruments. The institute is intended to serve as a Center of Excellence for climate change research and education in Bangladesh. The dedicated division of ICCE
‘Climate resilience and sustainability’ work on climate vulnerability and climate modeling to keep the micro and macro environment of Bangladesh in viable state for agricultural productivity. The institute and each division itself hunting fund and establish linkage with national and global related bodies for research on climate issues. Besides these, working on climate resilience and sustainability is crucial in addressing the challenges posed by climate change and ensuring a more sustainable and resilient future.
Here are some steps and strategies already started by ICCE or will be started in the immediate future:
Educate member of ICCE:
Educating the member of ICCE about the science of climate change, its impacts, and the principles of sustainability through seminar symposium and training national and international platform. This will help you understand the issues better and make informed decisions.
Advocate for Change:
Raise awareness about climate change and sustainability in local community, workplace, and social networks. Advocate for policy changes and encourage others to do the same by regular campaigns and seminar.
Reduce Carbon Footprint:
Reduction of institutional workplace and outside carbon footprint by making lifestyle changes, such as using public transportation, biking, walking, carpooling, reducing energy consumption, and minimizing waste.
Support Renewable Energy:
Encourage the administration to invest in renewable energy sources like solar panels or wind turbines for your home, or support policies and initiatives that promote clean energy.
Research and support sustainable agriculture by buying local and organic produce, and encourage practices that reduce soil erosion and improve water management.
Participate in local community initiatives, such as tree planting, clean-up events, and sustainability workshops.
Education and Outreach:
Organize or participate in workshops, seminars, training on short courses and educational programs to raise awareness about climate change and sustainability among the students, farmer and local community.
Adaptation and Resilience Planning:
Work with local authorities and organizations to develop and implement climate adaptation and resilience plans, which can include measures like flood protection and disaster preparedness.
Research and Innovation:
Support research and innovation in clean energy, climate-resilient technologies, and sustainable practices.
Make sustainable choices in daily life of you and your community, such as buying locally sourced and organic products, reducing single-use plastics, and minimizing waste.
Conserve water by fixing leaks, using water-saving appliances, and practicing responsible water use at home and workplace.
Green Building Practices:
Promote sustainable construction and renovation practices, such as energy-efficient design, green roofs etc.
Collaboration is essential. Partner with like-minded individuals, organizations, and communities to amplify your efforts and create a more significant impact.
Also, collaboration could be with organizations and initiatives that focus on climate resilience and sustainability. Many NGOs, nonprofits, and community groups are actively working in this space.