Sister Royne Josephine Costa, CSC
Congregation Justice Committee Member for Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, the effects of climate change and pollution have increased greatly in recent years. The weather is changing drastically, with many more extremely hot days and the average temperature rising each year.
Not only is there more rainfall, resulting in flooding of rivers and coastal areas, but the frequency of devastating cyclones in the Bay of Bengal also has increased. Some places in the country are facing extreme flooding, which leaves many people homeless. Due to this flooding, there is now an agricultural and food crisis, too.
Additionally, national exams for students in Bangladesh have been suspended because of the horrible natural disasters we are facing. The climate crisis is impacting many aspects of our everyday lives.
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Current Initiatives in Bangladesh
Organizing different activities to foster ecological awareness and sustainability efforts at the Holy Cross schools in Bangladesh, like tree planting, essay competitions, art competitions, and debate programs.
Organized and led seminars with migrants from other areas of Bangladesh, touching on a variety of topics to help empower the migrants and to raise awareness about caring for our common home.