Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Seminar takes on climate change
Effective adaptation and management the key factors to meeting future challenges, experts sayClimate change effects in Bangladesh result in frequent storms, floods and river erosion
- Shakhi Halder, Khulna
- March 2, 2012
They suggested governments in those countries should produce crops and preserve natural resources using experimental methods that proved successful in drought-prone Ghana and saline-tolerant methods followed in certain coastal regions of Bangladesh.
These were the conclusions of a South Asian regional conference called â€śNatural Resource Management with Climate Changeâ€ť held at Khulna University.
The program, sponsored by the British government, drew 50 participants from the UK, Ghana, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
â€śWe are in a race against time to save the environment and natural resources. The methods suggested here can be useful and we need to find more to fight the effects of climate change,â€ť said Dr Cheers Garden, a professor from the University of Ghana.
Dr Mohammad Saifuddin Shah, vice-chancellor of Khulna University said climate change is silently poisoning Bangladesh.
â€śHundreds of rivers are slowly losing navigability, while on the other hand more saline water from the sea and connecting rivers are destroying arable agricultural land and biodiversity,â€ť he said.
He noted that wildlife and the biodiversity of the worldâ€™s largest mangrove forest, the Sundarbans, is at risk because of an imbalance in fresh and saline water flow caused by climate change effects.
Salma Begum, an environmental science professor at Khulna University suggested farmers should be trained to become more adaptive when growing crops.
A World Bank report published yesterday said Bangladesh needs about US$ 5.7 billion to fund measures to adapt to climate change that will likely see a higher risk of cyclones and inland monsoon floods by 2050.
Bangladesh slams â€śdismalâ€ť climate change efforts