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Resilient Bangladesh: Songs for a Changing World
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Resilient Bangladesh: Songs for a Changing World
Meet 14 year-old Titu Illias, who is using his talents as a singer to educate his community about the changes occurring in the environment -- a pressing issue in Bangladesh, considered by many to be one of the most climate-risk countries in the world.
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Produced by United Nations University.

Read about how Bangladeshi school children are learning about the effects of climate change on their environment.

Learn more about the initiatives of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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Segment 1

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India; Bay of Bengal
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Bangladesh, Noakhali
VOICEOVER
Fourteen-year-old Titu is getting ready for a day of school.
TITU ILLIAS
Mom, I am going to school.
VOICEOVER
Unlike children in the West, Titu knows nothing about how climate change is affecting the polar bears in the Arctic. However, he too has noticed changes in his environment.
TITU ILLIAS
Now we are in rainy season but from what I can see, I don't think we are getting enough rain. Day by day the climate is changing. The number of droughts and floods is increasing. People are struggling with this more and more.
VOICEOVER
In grade nine at the Obaidullah Memorial High School of the Noakhali district, Titu is participating in a troupe of young performers raising awareness of the challenges Bangladesh is facing as a result of climate change.
TITU ILLIAS
We will listen to all what Brother Rana says, now we will not listen to anyone else
VOICEOVER
This song is part of the play "Let's Hear Brother Rana," developed with the assistance of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, in order to empower youth with knowledge and skills to adapt to the impending environmental changes. The character Brother Rana is based on the local bullfrog which is highly sensitive to climatic changes. The children relate to him because Rana is a common Bangla name. Titu is selected as one of the main performers for his exceptional singing ability. Together with his friends, he is taking the message of Brother Rana to schools and communities throughout Bangladesh.
TITU ILLIAS
Brother Rana tells us to listen carefully to the cyclone warnings when we see a cyclone approaching. We should tell people to go to the cyclone center. Brother Rana tells us to cultivate crops that resist salty water. Because of cyclones and flooding, salty water from the sea enters the fields. Crops cannot be produced in the salty water. We need to make a moat around the field so that salty water does not enter the fields. Before, I knew nothing about Brother Rana and the environment. But since taking part in the Brother Rana play, I know everything.
VOICEOVER
While world leaders struggle to agree on ways to tackle climate change, Titu and his schoolmates are already helping their community to adapt to the increasingly destructive climate.
TITU ILLIAS
It's enjoyable to help people understand the problems we face and their solutions. If we put our hearts into delivering this message, and everybody talks about it, then everybody will be aware.
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OurWorld 2.0
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