Bangladesh is one of the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and has a history of cyclones and floods.
People are experiencing higher temperatures, lower rainfall and less predictable weather compared with 10 years ago. These changes are having an impact on livelihoods and health. At the same time, only 25% feel prepared for extreme weather events.
People feel that the effects of these changes are being exacerbated by human activity such as population growth and the use of fertilisers.
Bangladeshis in Dhaka, where over a third of residents have arrived in the last five years, are finding life tougher than those in small cities who have access to more resources and facilities. They are struggling with water shortages, hot temperatures and an increase in health problems.
People feel that they need to take responsibility and adapt to these changes. Many have made changes to their livelihoods – migrating, supplementing their income in different ways or growing different crops.
Extensive media discussion and NGO intervention has led to a high level of awareness and knowledge of the term climate change.