[Marxism] 'Climate disasters threaten Bangladesh's social gains'

John Riddell johnriddell at sympatico.ca
Fri Jan 24 13:28:44 MST 2014

Posted today on http://johnriddell.wordpress.com:

Climate disasters threaten Bangladesh's social gains

"Bangladesh is a world leader in adaptation to natural disasters,"
Bangladeshi community organizer Nasima Akter told a Toronto audience January
8. "But now climate change threatens to wash away all our gains."

Akter had been invited by East End Against Line 9, a neighbourhood committee
formed to protest a proposed cross-Toronto tar-sands pipeline. The East End
committee wanted to learn about the implications of Canada's reckless
tar-sands development for a poor and vulnerable nation.

"Bangladesh is ranked first as a disaster-prone area of Asia and the
Pacific," explained Akter, Executive Director of Bangladeshi -Canadian
Community Services in Toronto. "More than ten million of its 160 million
population are affected by natural disasters each year," she said; the
average yearly death toll is above 6,000. More than half the world's yearly
deaths from cyclones occur in Bangladesh....

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