The British Council in collaboration with the German Embassy Dhaka, the British High Commission, the British Council and GIZ have arranged a photography competition titled Climate Change – Time for Action. The competition set forth an open call for submission of photographs that depict the current climate concerns prevailing in Bangladesh. Over 100 submissions were received via Facebook, where the participants posted photographs on their profile with #BGDtakesaction. The photos spotlighted effects of climate change on the environment, communities and their reactions to it. Top 50 submissions were selected to be displayed in an exhibition at the British Council Cultural Centre at Fuller Road, Dhaka. The exhibition will be open to the public from 21 November to 5 December 2019.
The event has been organised by the respective institutions to show irrefutable support to COP25, the 25 United Nations Climate Change conference. The conference is scheduled to be held from 2-13 December 2019 in Spain’s capital city, Madrid. With implementation and climate action at its centre, the conference aims to create momentum to spur governments and non-state actors into active contribution. The UN’s research suggests that there is no shortage of money from the private sector which could be invested in sustainable development. However, a combination of factors, including the policy environment, incentive structures and institutional conditions, tend to discourage the kind of long-term commitment that is needed.
The climate change exhibition is inaugurated on 20 November 2019. The three winners of the competition are awarded prizes by the Ambassador of Germany, the British High Commissioner and the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change in the presence of the Jury. The German Embassy Dhaka will screened a documentary in the inaugural ceremony. People who have moved to Dhaka as lives in villages became impossible due to climate change are brought into the limelight through this documentary.