Pollution out of control
- Policymakers can no longer ignore it
Sep 19, 2018-
The report entitled “Enhancing Opportunities for Clean and Resilient Growth in Urban Bangladesh” unveiled by the World Bank is yet another reminder for policymakers and the people of the country of the monumental environmental costs of unplanned urbanisation and the lack of implementation of existing environmental laws. The statistics are shocking: nearly 2.34 lakh deaths in Bangladesh due to environmental pollution and related health risks in 2015, of which 18,000 lives were lost in Dhaka city. Today, Bangladesh is one of the worst affected countries in the world. Both the economic costs and health implications of unbridled pollution are so severe that letting environmental pollution go unaddressed could lead to the stunting of our economic growth and even a public health crisis. The issues of encroachment upon wetlands, water pollution and air pollution, to name a few, must be seriously addressed.
Furthermore, the general lack of awareness among the populace is a major issue. We understand that bringing environmental pollution under control is a formidable task. But with the necessary political will, it can be overcome.
There is no alternative to ensuring accountability and transparency and strict implementation of existing environmental laws. The media is prepared to assist the government in its endeavours and we hope the issue is declared as priority number one by policymakers.
Published: 19-09-2018 07:56