Heads Above Water

2 February 2017

Low-lying Bangladesh is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, but its people are not helpless victims. Via traditional wisdom and pragmatic innovation, they are literally holding back the sea, writes Joseph Hanlon, and adapting to climate change.

Sometimes I think that the media and aid agencies want Bangladeshis to be victims who we can rush in and 'save'. The reality is just the opposite. As a vice chancellor of a Bangladeshi university told me, "Bangladesh is God's laboratory on natural disaster, so we know how to deal with most of this."

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