Leaders of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports from across the world urged the government to switch to environment friendly renewable energy for power generation.
They said that there was no point in pursuing coal power projects such as the one being implemented at Rampal or nuclear power projects such as the one under implementation at Rooppur which were harming the environment.
They said that the coronavirus pandemic pointed finger at the uselessness of development that comes at cost of life and nature, said a press release of the national committee.
‘The money the government is spending or planning to spend in future in implementing coal power projects and nuclear power projects will harm environment and life,’ the press release quoted Anu Muhammad, member secretary of the national committee, as saying.
On July 4, the national committee hosted a global solidarity meeting online with leaders and activists of the committee from the United Kingdom, the United States, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland and Sweden.
Anu Muhammad said at the meeting that the government planned to continue to pursue expensive projects such as the Tk 16 thousand crore Rooppur nuclear power plant project when the people needed money to improve their diet in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
He said that the money should have been spent in creating jobs, ensuring food security and improving health services.
The government should move away from coal-based energy policy and switch to fossil fuel free environment-friendly renewable energy, the press release quoted Anu Muhammad as saying.
Anu Muhammad also demanded fair distribution of wealth and more public control over energy sector.
He said that the government was also shutting down environment friendly jute mills in order to welcome private companies in the business when only Tk 1,000 crore investments could have saved the industry.
He urged the government to spend more in caring for public health, increasing food rationing for the poor and having renewable energy sources.
Salimuzzaman from the UK presented a paper on comprehensive healthcare and health safety in Bangladesh at the meeting.
Among others, the meeting was attended by national committee leaders Ruhin Hossain Prince, Bazlur Rashid Firoz, Akhter S Khan Masroor, Nisar Ahmed, Waliur Rahman and Koli Islam.
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