Plants play a major role in maintaining the balance of the environment. If you want to move one side forward, you have to push the other side back.
In the same way, in order to improve something, it is normal to lose another thing, but if the damage is to a necessary element that is directly related to the existence of our human race, then it is better to stop that development.
Deforestation is not a new issue in our country, people are constantly deforesting. No one is aware of the dire consequences of deforestation. The greenery across the horizon is no longer visible. Large buildings are being built in the name of civilized urban planning by cutting down trees. The question is why the trees will be cut in the name of development? Who is responsible if the environment is damaged? Bangladesh's position in the environmental protection index is very bad. This can be understood by considering some previous studies.
In the list of 2019, the average score of Bangladesh in various indicators of environmental protection is 29.55. In the 2016 list, Bangladesh's score was 41.76. In the list of 2014, Bangladesh was ranked 169 out of 16 countries. Despite being one of the countries most affected by climate change, the opposite policy of conserving natural resources and conserving forests is being implemented in the vicinity of the Sundarbans and in environmentally critical areas by continuing to rely on environmentally destructive coal-fired power generation.
Although the government has set a target of reducing carbon emissions by 70 percent by 2050, the picture of deforestation has not diminished. The world's largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, is surrounded by various companies. When this forest should be surrounded by a protective fence, various factories are sitting around it. A project based on the world's most polluted coal-fired thermal power plant is being built near the Sundarbans. In this way, the green ceremony is being destroyed in every place. The names of the criminals are being suppressed in the name of development.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Bangladesh's annual deforestation rate is almost double the global average. In the last seventeen years, about 8 square kilometers of tropical rain forests in Bangladesh have been destroyed. We are not the culprits involved in deforestation but we are indulging the culprits with our eyes closed. For a while the protests roared and the whole city calmed down again as before.
In the midst of all this, the environment is losing its balance. If this deforestation is accepted in the name of development, disaster will come down in the future. It is necessary to ensure environmental protection first and then build the infrastructure. No development plan can be implemented without protecting the environment. So our protest is not only for deforestation but also for tree planting.
The writer is Research Assistant, Bioinformatics Research Lab, Center for Research Innovation and Development (CRID). E-mail: [email protected]