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Gobeshona 6: Circular Economy

ActionAid Country Director Farah Kabir in conversation with Dr Saleemul Huq, Mr Asif Ibrahim and Mr John Warburton on addressing poverty and exclusion for Climate Justice

A discussion titled “Circular Economy: Addressing poverty and exclusion for climate justice” was hosted by ActionAid Bangladesh at ICCCAD’s 6th Gobeshona Conference held at Independent University, Bangladesh today.

The panel included Dr Saleemul Huq, Director, ICCCAD; Ms Farah Kabir, Country Director, ActionAid Bangladesh; Mr Asif Ibrahim, Vice Chairman, New Age Group; Mr John Warburton, DFID.

Ms Farah Kabir emphasised the fact that the garments industry is one of the biggest environmental polluters, producing 2 million tons of waste every year. She discussed about the contextual background of circular economy and climate change, focusing on the importance of waste management.

Dr. Saleemul Huq asserted that cleaning the environment is possible if we take actions systematically. Dr. Huq discussed about how and why the global economy should be reformed in a climate friendly way, ensuring waste reduction.

Mr. John Warburton spoke on awareness on how things are manufactured is important, along with emphasis on local and national level involvement by the government on waste reduction. Mr Asif Ibrahim spoke about how the garments industry is coming up with innovative packages and further discussed by others along with how the fast fashion sector should work on establishing a circular economy.

Farhana Akter Nitu is a ninth-semester student of Environmental Science and English Language Teaching (ELT) at Independent University, Bangladesh.

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