In this, the third and final video brief of a special series on climate change in Bangladesh, we find out how school children are beginning to learn about the changes they are experiencing in their environment.
Not only are they learning about what is already happening, they are also acquiring the knowledge and skills to deal with these changes.
As part of one educational project, 14-year-old Titu Illias, who attends Obaidulla Memorial High School in Noahkali, participated in an awareness-raising play. Entitled “Let’s Hear Rana Bhai” (or “Let’s Hear from Brother Frog” in English), the play teaches children and adults some of the ways they can cope in certain climate change related situations.
For example, the children are told that when a cyclone is approaching, they should listen for the cyclone warning signal and go to the cyclone shelter immediately; or, that farmers should plant saline resilient seeds so that their crops will survive even if flooding occurs.
Titu, known for his exceptional voice, is one of the lead performers in this play, which has been a huge success and has travelled to other school districts. Titu is now keenly aware of the consequences of climate change and that we all have responsibilities in addressing it.
“I hope that my message will be conveyed to children all over the world and people will come together to help each other and reduce the global warming,” he says.
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For more details on the challenges a changing climate poses for Bangladeshis, please see the first and second parts of the series. This collection of stories aims to highlight the resiliency of the people of Bangladesh, as well of the importance of community-level adaptation in facing climate change.