Campaign: Climate Change and Resilience

Citizen Voice for Resilience

We will build a centralized ICT platform that will collect and visualize climate change data reported by citizens, NGOs and media. The data will be available to the government and public, and create a crowd-sourced environmental watchdog platform.

Submitted by (@sadman3)

Which sub-theme question will you be answering and how? Refer to manual for the sub-theme questions :

We will address how technology can be used to illustrate the economic impact of climate change and how we can improve citizen access to information on climate change to boost awareness. We will allow citizens and NGO workers to report frontline data on climate change. This information will be available to the public as well as government actors and help illustrate the economic, social and physical impact of climate change.

Describe the problem that your idea/project wants to address. :

There is no current platform by which people can submit firsthand data on climate change effects they witness or face themselves, such as river erosion, changes in agricultural patterns etc. The average Bangladeshi citizen lacks access to easily comprehensible data on the physical, economic and social impacts of climate change and thus the government lacks citizen feedback and engagement on the matter. Our project hopes to democratize and energize the conversation around climate change.

How does your idea/project engage local, regional or national governments as a means of increasing citizen engagement and/or government responsiveness? :

Enabling citizens to submit data and access the stories of others will boost their understanding of and engagement with normally abstract climate change issues. Increased engagement also produces political responsiveness. In addition, the apps will enable basic environmental tracking by state actors and civic watchdogs. Govt agencies such as Bangladesh Meteorology Dept, activists, academics and NGOs will be encouraged to use the data to support their work and engage their respective sectors.

How does your idea/concept engage with gender equality and/or the rights of disadvantaged groups? :

By using mobile tech, we will enable a bottom-up approach that will empower those who are most vulnerable to climate change – namely the impoverished and women – to contribute to a national and global conversation on sustainability they are usually excluded from and catalyze action. In addition, we will engage NGOs that focus on women and the disadvantaged in our coalition and the apps will ask for and visualize gender-related data where relevant.

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