10 10 10 drumbeats

Rubayat Ahsan

Rubayat Ahsan


October 10, 2010, which in other way 10 10 10 is an important day in the postmodern history of human race. Thousands of advocacy events  took place in 187 countries. Citizens around the globe reminded world governments (who are presumed to have the memory of Gold fish) that ‘global climate movement’ is not faded away. Community and civil society organizations as well as activists without border are demonstrated their growing spirit to raise the agenda of climate crisis in front of the leaders who are busy, over-tasked, and who have little interest conquering this ongoing climate crisis. International communities may have already been aware about the fact that world leaders failed to come up with a legally binding document last year. The outcome of Cop15 became an accord, which could be allegorically a brown dwarf.

Climate change is a unique threat to everyone everywhere on earth, therefore, the crisis has the prospect to unite people in greater number and to accelerate the pace of movement. And this movement is not going to consume much time like others in the history such as slave-trade, apartheid, feminist, and so on. It’s a life-death issue of six billion people and ‘climate change’ is a ticking bomb. Some symbolic activities, such as, tree plantings in rural Tanzania, solar installation in China, and an international bike-ride from Jordan to Israel took place on 10/10/10. President Nasheed already installed a brand-new solar installation on the roof of the presidential residence in the capital city of Male. He is probably the most conscious head of the states in this planet. Others may comment that he should be climate sensitive because Maldives are the front line victims of climate change impact.  Solar power will probably be on Obama’s White House by 2011. Bill McKibben, the founder of the 350.org group, said, “…it could be a trigger for a wave of solar installations across the country and around the world.”

There is no scope to consider disaster as once-in-a-decade or once-in-a-year incident. Communities at the coastal belt of Bangladesh, who have not healed yet trauma of Aila impact, are again victim of inundation this week. Thousands of families have moved to shelters. High tide has aggressively broken some weak parts of embankment. Torrential rain caused severe flood in the five central provinces of Viet Nam. Situation is worsening on a daily basis and more than a million people have already been affected. Huge rain caused flood in Southern China this week and evacuated thousands.

According to IFRC,  the city of Wasior in Teluk Wondana district of West Papua province in Indonesia was hit by three-metre high flash floods caused by heavy rains on Monday, 4 October 2010, killing many and displacing families. Access to the affected locations is difficult due to the rugged terrain, and debris and mud on roads and the local airfield; entry is possible only via helicopter and small aircraft, and sea transportation. So far, more than 100 deaths have been reported, with up to 4,000 people initially displaced.

List could be longer if disasters happen often similar to what is happening this week around. Relief, development, activist organizations and humanitarian agencies had always been and still are standing besides the distressed communities, which is a hope out of this chaos. While governments found climate talk ‘irritating’ and eventually downgraded ‘climate treaty’ into a toothless ‘accord’, activists across the globe are not ready to give up but are committed not to ‘let the movement down’. Thus, they beat drums and trumpet the message on 10/10/10, “Our movement must race ahead more quickly than the crisis itself — and pull the politicians along with us.” Wake up – wake up, it’s showtime!