- Posted February 1, 2014 by
Tiger Procession Demanding Stoppage of Rampal Coal-Power Plant
The only mangrove forest in Bangladesh, Sundarbans and its biodiversity are under serious threat of man-made environment destruction acts. An impact study by Professor Dr Abdullah Harun Chowdhury on Sundarbans and its attached areas revealed 27 bad out of 34 resulting factors of the power plan. It is apprehended that the world’s worst fuel coal emission will damage soil, water, air and will cause death to Sundarbans.
Even a minor change in the ecosystem will spread large threats on wild lives. Ultimately it will lose crocodiles, tigers and other wild lives. It is claimed by the experts that the Rampal Project will doom the eco-wall of Sundarbans and by time the largest mangrove forest in the world will take place in photo-frames and book-pages.
The Youth Coalition for Climate Justice on the eve of World Wetlands Day 2014 organized a creative and exceptional demonstration on Saturday morning in Dhaka. The activists appeared covering their faces with tiger’s mask and pictorial placards in hands urging the government to stop the Rampal coal-fired plant project.
Quoting `Silence has the strongest volume’ S M Shaikat, President of the Youth Coalition for Climate Justice said, as a Ramsar Convention signatory state, Bangladesh must not step to construct a coal power plant around the area. Further, the government must protect the bio-diversity of this forest considering the UNESCO heritage site of status of Sundarbans, he added.
Referring to a report by Greenpeace International the coalition leader mentioned that, 100000 people have been killed in India by coal-fired power plant pollution in 2012. The coalition expressed deep concern for the future of Bangladesh’s population.
With the moderation of coalition coordinator Jakaria Hossain, the procession was attended by Bangladesh Poribesh Andolon(BAPA) Joint Secretary Mihir Biswas, Vice-President of Bangladesh Chatra Federation Raihan Taharat Leon, Initiative for Peace President Arifur Rahman, Journalist Moshiur Rahman Rubel, BCHRD’s Executive Director Mahabul Huq, NDF Chairman Ibnul Syed Rana, Cultural Activist Syed Mazarul Islam, SERAC-Bangladesh’s Manjuda Akter, Green Mind Society’s President Amair Hasan, Regional President of Kairos Society Golam Kibrea, Advocate Afsana Zerin Khan, SUHA’s Program Office Jasim Uddin, Khairul Islam, Syed Maruf Hossain, Munsefa Tripti, Jahan Ara, Human Rights Activist Mahfuza Parvin, Dalit’s Rights Activist Rajesh Bashfor, Md. Monirul Islam, Mirza Shah Jalal and many others.
Activists urged the government to wake up now, as this harm cannot be reinstated. In order to avoid climate change risk, they recommended switching for solar power and alternative energy sources instead of coal.