Urging the Copenhagen climate conference to be decisive in its action, Nepal and Bangladesh have claimed to be severely affected by climate change.
With the conference nearing to its end, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that though Bangladesh’s greenhouse gas emission is negligible it is facing the some of the worst effects of climate change.
She also highlighted the problems of climate refugees as erratic sea level destroys sanctuaries and livelihoods of fishermen. She has appealed to the developed world to cap their carbon emission by 45 per cent by 2020.
Meanwhile, Nepal also showed its deep concerns over the retreat of Himalayan glaciers at an alarming rate The melting is creating glacial lakes that could burst, threatening mountain communities downstream - as well as northern India and Bangladesh - and eventually bringing drought to one of the world's most densely populated and impoverished regions.
At the 194-nation summit Nepal’s representative said, "Let us keep our planet Earth green, so that we can keep the majestic Himalayas, the Alps and the Andes eternally white under the snow,"
"If we fail to act now and act decisively, not only will future generations be deprived of experiencing the beauty of the white mountains but also the livelihoods of over 1.3 billion people residing in the great river basins of the Himalayas will be seriously affected," added representative.