Probal Rashid – Climate Crisis in Bangladesh

Probal Rashid

Climate Crisis in Bangladesh

Bangladesh is one of the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The regular and severe natural hazards that Bangladesh already suffers from – tropical cyclones, river erosion, flood, landslides and drought – are all set to increase in intensity and frequency as a result of climate change. Sea level rise will increasingly inundate coastal land in Bangladesh and dramatic coastal and river erosion will destroy lands and homes. These and the many other adverse effects of climate change will severely impact the economy and development of the country.
One of the most dramatic impacts will be the forced movement of people throughout Bangladesh as a result of losing their homes, lands, property and livelihoods to the effects of climate change. While it is impossible to predict completely accurate figures of how many people will be displaced by climate change, the best current estimates state that sea level rise alone will displace 18 million Bangladeshis within the next 40 years. The vast majority of these people will be displaced within Bangladesh – not across international borders – presenting the Government with enormous challenges, particularly when it comes to finding places to live and work for those displaced.


 

Bio

Probal Rashid is a documentary photographer working in Bangladesh, represented by Zuma Press, USA. He has studied a Post Graduate Diploma in Photojournalism through a scholarship program of World Press Photo at the Konrad Adenauer Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ) at Ateneo De Manila University in the Philippines. He also holds an MBA.
His works have been published in many national and international newspapers and magazines such as The National Geographic, Forbes, GEO, New York Post, Days Japan, Paris Match, The Wall Street Journal, Stern, RVA, The Telegraph, Focus magazine and The Guardian. Moreover, his photographs have been exhibited in Bangladesh, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, UK, USA and some of his works selected by the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts for their permanent collection.
Probal is the recipient of numerous awards for his work including the Pictures Of the Year International (POYi), Days Japan Photojournalism Award, International Photography Awards (IPA), China International Press Photo Award (CHIPP), NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism Awards, Yonhap International Press Photo Awards, KL International Photo award, FCCT/OnAsia Photojournalism, “Zoom-in on Poverty” Global Photo Award, CGAP microfinance photo award, International Year of Biodiversity Award.

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3 Responses to “Probal Rashid – Climate Crisis in Bangladesh”


  • Beautifully shot and very focused essay. It may be considered ‘didactic’ by some, but it is eloquently so, and gives a thorough picture of the place, the people, and their plight. The opening shot is particularly well chosen and could stand alone as a single representing the entire essay’s theme, but the subsequent shots all add richness and depth and none are repetitive. This is the work of a skilled professional photojournalist and a pleasure to see on BURN.

  • I agree with Sidney. The opener is massive. Not only can it lead this feature, it alone speaks volumes on the entire problem of global climate change. It is representative of the entire issue.

    Great work and hugely important.

  • The scroll-through nature of most web photo presentations, coupled with the unending abundance of them, has turned the once slow, contemplative, process of viewing a photo essay into a rapid, quick, move on kind of thing. This essay demanded I slow down, then to come back each day since it first appeared and study it in more depth.

    I find the essay brilliant, the story it tells important. One thing I also like is that while the story is grim and plenty of grimness can be found in the pictures, there is also hope – like the boy standing with the dog in the middle of the muddy road.

    I do have one minor complaint, and it has nothing to do with the photos. It is something that has become popular in many essays, but to me is an unnecessary distraction, namely the inclusion of this paragraph in seven of the 15 captions:

    “Bangladesh is one of the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. The regular and severe natural hazards that Bangladesh already suffers from – tropical cyclones, river erosion, flood, landslides and drought – are all set to increase in intensity and frequency as a result of climate change. Sea level rise will increasingly inundate coastal land in Bangladesh and dramatic coastal and river erosion will destroy lands and homes. These and the many other adverse effects of climate change will severely impact the economy and development of the country.One of the most dramatic impacts will be the forced movement of people throughout Bangladesh as a result of losing their homes, lands, property and livelihoods to the effects of climate change. While it is impossible to predict completely accurate figures of how many people will be displaced by climate change, the best current estimates state that sea level rise alone will displace 18 million Bangladeshis within the next 40 years. The vast majority of these people will be displaced within Bangladesh – not across international borders – presenting the Government with enormous challenges, particularly when it comes to finding places to live and work for those displaced.”

    This turns an otherwise simple, powerful, effective captions into a chore to read – like the one of the man who began to take a shower in the rain but the rain stopped before he could rinse off. This didn’t fully register on me until today – because I had not wanted to deal with a caption that for the most part I had already read, multiple times.

    Once is enough.

    The essay itself is brilliant! I commend you, Probal Rashid!

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