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Investment urgently needed to reverse climate change

September 22, 2009
Flooding in Bangladesh regularly jeopardises millions of lives

Flooding in Bangladesh regularly jeopardises millions of lives

The recent Climate Change camp in Blackheath is a timely reminder of the continuing threat to the environment from the growth of CO2 emissions. There is a close link between the threat to the Thames basin and Tower Hamlets in particular and the situation of some 20 million people in Bangladesh, where a third of Tower Hamlets population originate from.

If sea levels rise as a result of global warming and as scientists currently predict, then many homes in Tower Hamlets are likely to face flooding in the next few years as the Thames barrier is overwhelmed. In Bangladesh, one of the poorest countries in the world, scientists say a rise of one metre in sea levels will see the homes of 20 million
people threatened.

Unfortunately, the plans to cut emissions both here and worldwide remain insufficient to ensure that global warming will be reversed. In Britain, we desperately need a massive investment programme led by the government to ensure far greater use of envrinmentally friendly public transport, to insulate homes to reduce energy consumption and to find renewable and non-polluting sources of energy, to give but three examples of what needs to be done.

It is vital that the effects of the recession on government debt levels are not used as an excuse to cut back on this essential public investment.

Councillor Abjol Miah, Respect Group leader

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