Acting British High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Javed Patel, on Saturday (June 11) hosted a reception to recognize the finalists of the Bangladesh National Earth Olympiad 2022.
Five of the 35 participants shortlisted for the special awards will be representing Bangladesh at the International Earth Science Olympiad, which will take place from August 24-30, reads a press release.
The National Earth Olympiad is an education and knowledge movement aimed at enhancing environmental science education throughout Bangladesh, and is organized every year since 2012 by the Bangladesh Youth Environment Initiative.
This year, the Olympiad was supported by the British High Commission in Dhaka, through the roles of the UK government as Commonwealth Chair-in-Office and as host of COP26.
Between March and April, the Olympiad reached thousands of youth across Bangladesh, and provided in-depth training to 250 youth leaders on biodiversity, planetary boundaries, climate justice and environmental protection.
Bangladeshi youth in the age group of 14 to 18 years were eligible to participate, the release said.
Congratulating the students on their success, Javed Patel said: “Climate action is a priority for the UK and I am delighted that we supported this year’s National Earth Olympiad, helping to establish the next generation of climate managers in Bangladesh. It is vitally important that young people have the right to be key stakeholders in driving local, national, regional and global change. I am inspired by the youth here today, and I believe that their response to the climate crisis The campaign and commitment will help them do that.”
Professor Dr Kazi Matin Uddin Ahmed, Convenor of the National Earth Olympiad in Bangladesh and one of the faculty members of the Department of Geology of Dhaka University, said: “The National Earth Olympiad has taken place since 2012, and was one of the first Olympiads that focused on geological and on environmental science. The competition has been instrumental in helping students understand the urgency of the climate and environmental crisis.”
Since 2012, more than 10,000 students have participated in the competition and over the years Bangladeshi Olympiad winners have also won high accolades and medals at the International Earth Olympiads, saying they believe this climate crisis can be avoided. Collective action to solve will require scientists, scholars and practitioners who can guide policy action and technological innovation.
“The National Earth Olympiad is an important catalyst in this process,” he added.
“Against the backdrop of the environmental, ecological and climate crisis facing Bangladesh and the world at large today, the Bangladesh Youth Environment Initiative is striving to develop the next generation of managers to tackle this planetary crisis. 10 of Environmental Action With more years, Shamir Shahab, founder of the Bangladesh Youth Environment Initiative and winner of the 2015 Queen’s Young Leaders Award, said the organization empowers youth across Bangladesh to strive towards a more sustainable, equitable and resilient planet Earth.
Bangladesh Youth Environment Initiative to educate and educate more youth to take climate action to ensure equity and justice for the most marginalized and vulnerable to the effects of climate change with a grassroots focus in the coming years. Will continue its journey of empowerment. Told.