Junior Chamber International (JCI) World President Jun Sup Shin yesterday urged its members to raise voice against disastrous effects of climate change, saying that local protests will greatly help change the world.
“It is time to save our motherlands. If we can take actions, we will be able to change the world,” he said at a roundtable on ‘Climate change: Stop climate change before it changes you.’
JCI Bangladesh, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and Star Campus, a weekly magazine of The Daily Star, jointly organised the roundtable at the Prothom Alo conference room.
JCI is a worldwide community of young people aged between 18 and 40 who share the belief that collective action is necessary to create positive change. The global platform of young generation has been officially working with the UN since 1954.
JCI has 2,00,000 members of young active citizens in 115 countries. The members will launch initiatives both locally and globally in 2009 to raise environmental awareness and tackle climate change.
Climate change is the abnormal behaviour of climate, said Ainun Nishat, country representative of IUCN.
The global climate change would pose a serious threat to food security, he said, adding that if the global warming increases by 3 degree Celsius, global rice production would come down by 30 percent.
Mahfuz Anam, editor and publisher of The Daily Star, and Aftab Khurshid, president of JCI Bangladesh, also spoke at the roundtable.
Anam lauded the role of JCI in creating good leaders across the world. “A leader means many things. A good leader is a creative person. A good leader is also a good follower,” he said.
Emphasising the need to develop leadership skills, he said the meaning of internationalism is to respect other’s culture, heritage and nationalism.
Anam also urged the young generation to develop leadership skills for the betterment of the country.
Source: The Daily Star, 20 July 2009