The British Council on Thursday organized the first-ever GREAT Talk sessions in Bangladesh to discuss and explore discourses aimed at tackling the pressing challenges of climate change.
The GREAT Talks sessions on climate change were part of a series that started in India on August 24 and closed in Bangladesh on Thursday, said a press release. GREAT Talks, a lecture series that celebrates UK professionals from diverse areas, is a part of the GREAT Campaign, initiated by the UK government to promote the country internationally as a GREAT place to visit, study and do business, read the release.
In Bangladesh, the sessions were held at North South University and the British Council's auditorium in Dhaka. During the sessions in Dhaka, professor Alison Greig, director of Education for Sustainability at Anglia Ruskin University, emphasized the impact of climate change and described ways to prepare the younger generation, especially those affected most, to address and manage the world they will inherit.
He said that the topics were crucial for the current times when South Asia is witnessing record-breaking temperatures with Bangladesh being one of the worst affected countries due to the climate crisis.
'Climate change is clearly an issue close to the hearts of the people I met in Bangladesh. My talk is intended to plant a seed in the minds of young people, to ask them to reflect on the contribution they can make to a sustainable world through their education and career,' he added.
British Council cultural engagement director Bangladesh David Knox said that they looked forward to continuing discussions with Bangladesh government on greening education through their contribution to climate connections.' Students, academicians and researchers, high-level government officials and representatives from NGOs and the private sector attended the program.