Climate change is clearly happening, and it is undeniable that humans play a big role in speeding up the phenomenon. Is there anything that we can do to better translate climate resilience into practice?
The second Annual National Conference on Urban Resilience was just held in Dhaka to discuss the future pathways to build urban resilience in Bangladesh. From urbanisation, population growth to climate impacts, Dhaka is now facing great challenges. What overarching issues that need to be highlighted?
The city is a dynamic system that faces various challenges, from ecological to social, as well as political issues. It also consists of a wide range of actors that support the city’s system. Aniessa Delima Sari has grown her interest to work in sustainable development sector for long. While there is growing recognition of direct threats to ecosystems caused by urban development, only little commitment has been made. Seeing this, Aniessa realized the importance of NGO role to build of understanding climate resilience between academia, government and community.
BBC Media Action’s research found that many people still weren’t doing anything in response to environmental changes. Inaction stemmed from the fact that people didn’t know what to do, didn’t think they had enough money to do anything or felt they needed help from the government to do something. This state of affairs is unlikely to stay sustainable if the environmental situation becomes increasingly unforgiving.