Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated nations in the world and is also one of the countries most vulnerable to the impacts of sea level rise and climate changes. Increased cyclones (hurricanes) accompanied by intense monsoon rains especially for people living along the Ganges river delta, will be disasterous. Experts predict up to half of the country’s residents will face some form of displacement in the coming years and urbanization is on the rise. The Dhaka and Chittagong slums where many coastal migrants will end up are also built on low-lying land and are without running water, sewage or economic alternatives. Without planning or resources people will end up in substandard living conditions. Groups like Youth Power in Social Action are playing a critical role in bringing the rights of climate displaced individuals to the attention of the government. Local reporters like Hassan Kutubi of the island of Kutupdia are working to communicate the immediate consequences of rising seas and storms on island communities. For the last few years, Architect Mohammed Rezwan has developed an immediate solution for women and school children who miss school or go hungry during the flood season through floating libraries, schools and gardens. Protecting wetlands and mangroves forests in areas that would otherwise be developed into condos has been an ongoing struggle for environmental lawyer, Syeda Rizwana Hasan.
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