The International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Independent University Bangladesh (IUB), and Bangladesh Delta Plan 2100 (BDP2100) jointly organized the “Vision 2100 Essay Competition in Times of Climate Change”. It aimed to find out young peoples’ vision of Bangladesh regarding the next 100 years. To understand this vision, participants were asked to share creative ideas on “What Bangladesh will be like in the year 2100”. This concept also incorporated the climate change issue in Bangladesh since much of the future impacts of climate changes are still unpredictable.
Out of 70 essays from different universities and schools, three writers were selected from a high panel of judges. They were awarded on the 8th of December 2016 at Independent University Bangladesh (IUB). The event was opened by the Director of ICCCAD, Dr. Saleemul Huq. He emphasized on the significance of the role of young generation, who can come up with practical solutions to tackle climate change related problems. The panels consisted of Dr. Jaap de Heer, Team leader of Bangladesh Delta Plan, Professor M. Lutfor Rahman from Department of Environmental Science and Management, IUB and Zannatun Naem Eshita, Youth activist from StepUP Foundation.
The first prize went to Farhin Jannat, a seventh grader from Scholastica school, whose essay was considered to be ‘an original and unique piece of work’. The second prize went to Sadia Akther Aurna from Adamjee Cantonment College and third prize went to Mahnaz Sarker from Dhaka University. All the winners received prize money for their commendable achievement.
To know more about the Bangladesh Delta Plan Vision 2100 essay competition read a previous article on them.
Adnan Quader, Program Assistant, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) Youth Programme.