A group of committed Practical Action staff demonstrated the future effects of flooding in UK and Bangladesh, to raise awareness in the UK and among the Bangladeshi community living in London. At Whitechapel, Embankment and at Westminster tube stations, we distributed leaflets and talked to people about the issue, accompanied by Mr. Murad Qureshi, a member of the London Assembly. It was a fascinating experience for me – something very different!
At the end of the day we met with a group of journalists from Bangla media, both print and electronic. Along with Murad and Nick Milton, Practical Action’s climate change campaigner, I shared the reality of climate change based on the experiences of current Practical Action Bangladesh project Pathways From Poverty. We covered the issues of climate change adaptation and opportunities for the involvement of Bangladeshi communities living in London to help their countrymen to face the effects of flooding and other disasters.
Meeting at City Hall
The most high profile event of my visit was ‘Bridging the Climate Gap between Britain and Bangladesh‘, which took place at City Hall London and was hosted by London Assembly member, Murad Qureshi. Attendees included the Acting High Commissioner and Simon Trace, Practical Action Chief Executive, and members of the Bangladeshi community. Following the speeches there was a lively discussion and plenty of tweeting about the issues.
Meeting With Martin Horwood MP and Lord Chidgey
This was one of a series of meetings with policy makers in London. Both of them were particularly keen to learn more about sandbar cropping.
Birmingham’s Bangladeshi community.
It was pleasure to meet with such an inspired Bangladesh community living in the UK. They were eager to hear about the progress of our work and there was an animated discussion about future funding to help affected communites in Bangladesh.
Reinforced by the support of so many people in the UK, I now go to the UN climate change talks in Doha to work hard to ensure that adaptation to the severe effects of climate change is high on the agenda.