1st Environmental Autumn School organized by SED
Strategy for Environmental Development (SED) foundation conducted its 1st Environmental Autumn School (EAS) from 21st to 25th October 2019 with the agenda of "Climate Change & Refugee."
Current global environmental condition and the awareness of the students regarding this burning issue was the main focal point of this residential program.
40 students of different background attended the school. Sessions were taken by renowned personalities from all over the nation.
The first session was taken by Md. Monowar, Founder, Butterfly Park & Research Center (BPRC). The lecture was about the constant necessity of ecosystem and how the crucial eco-system is being torn apart by the adverse effect of climate change every day.
Sharaban Tahura Mam talked about the process of Paris Agreement 2015: the loopholes of this agreement and why countries like the USA, Canada are not following it, etc.
Participants also met Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Chief Executive, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (BELA). She demonstrated how the small habits of people can put a bigger impact on the change of climate change, like the butterfly effect! She informed the students about the existing legal and social mechanisms which are not proper, equal, just and adequate to continue the battle against global warming.
A.B.M Imdadul Haque Khan, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh & Assistant Professor and Chairman, Department of Law, Eastern University; Riad Mahmud, Lecturer, Department of Law, East West University and other resource persons from different sectors of environment and law were present.
From all the sessions and group-activities, it was very clear that existing legal world does not talk much about persons who have become "Climate Refugee" because of the climate change.
The Refugee Convention-1951 has no definition regarding "Climate Refugee." The Rio Declaration-1992, UDHR, ICCPR, ICESCR do not give clear hope regarding climate refugees. Though UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change) talks about climate refugees, it is not adequate. As climate refugees do not have any legal status right now, getting proper justice is to some extent, very difficult for them.
The common tuning of all the trainers was the recognition of the climate refugees in the law books, and, collective effort to overcome the global situation of climate change.
During the six day-long schedules, the participants had to make two drafts. One from the national perspective-a national law regarding internally climate-induced displaced persons; and another from a global perspective, for the protection of climate refugees.
There was a debate, a negotiation process, group work and presentation regarding this. After passing all the steps with the constant guidance and cooperation of the trainers, two national and international drafts were created.
The closing ceremony took place on 26th October 2019. The Chief Guest of the program was Mr Justice Mirza Hussain Haider, Honorable Judge of Appellate Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh and Mr Shah Monjurul Hoque, Advocate, Supreme Court of Bangladesh.
Graduates from this school received their certificates and awards of personal achievements from the honourable guests.
The event covered by Shuvashis Sarkar Shuvo; student of law at University of Chittagong