Climate Actions for Just Transition in Bangladesh
Bangladesh is recognized worldwide as one of the countries most vulnerable in relation to global warming and climate change. This is due to its unique geographical location, dominance of floodplains, low elevation from sea, high population density and overwhelming dependence on nature.
The industry and workers of Bangladesh at coastal areas and river sides in agriculture and fishery sector has already identified as most vulnerable group in relation to impacts of global warming in Bangladesh.
Combating global warming is a work place issue as workplaces burn energy consumes resources and generates waste.
Globally, the industry alone is responsible for over half of carbon dioxide emissions increasing the greenhouse effects every year. Making workplaces sustainable is the key to make jobs and productivity sustainable.
We expect to promote best environmental practice and workplaces culture, workplace policy on carbon emission reduction and green productivity issues as well as assist to develop workplace dialogue and co-operation, adaption capacity among workers, employers and local community combating global warming and climate change impacts by national and workplace responses.
Climate change is seriously affecting the lives of workers and communities, and it is expected to be worsen, both regarding the impacts of climate change-related extreme weather events, as well as the impacts of measures designed to reduce Greenhouse Gas emissions. There is a need for unions to raise the public profile of climate-relate social issues (employment, income, migration, etc.) and to integrate them within decision-making at all levels and fully and actively engage workers organizations in actions for addressing climate change and the reductions in Greenhouse Gas emissions that are entailed, and for the creation of sustainable employment opportunities with all decent work element in the future low carbon economic world.
Since being recognized in the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, the agenda of a just transition (JT) to a low carbon economy, from the carbon-intensive fossil fuel based development, has become increasingly important, in part because of the impacts and regularity of extreme climate disasters becoming the new normal. The Working Group-1 report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) provides dire warnings about the impending climate crisis and highlights the vulnerability, particularly of the low-income countries and poor communities in countries across the world. These people are being impacted most with not much cushion to adapt. Then, for the last two years the COVID19 pandemic has further wreaked havoc on lives of the working people, both in formal and informal employment.
Just Transition and Social Protection for Climate Adaptation
Delivering a Just Transition for workers is a crucial driver for climate ambition. The Paris Agreement refers to a just transition of the workforce and the creation of decent work and quality jobs. Social protection measures need to be integrated in climate adaptation policies.