IUB Green Planet Club Premiers ‘Once There Were Rivers’
The Green Planet Club of Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) has successfully premiered the documentary "Once There Were Rivers" followed by a panel discussion and question-answer session on 20th November 2021. The documentary was directed and created by Mahenaz Chowdhury, founder of Broqué and an alumnus of the Department of Environmental Science and Management of IUB, in collaboration with Simone Simonato, founder of Sica, and produced by Goethe-Institut Bangladesh. Ms. Mahenaz moderated the panel discussion and question-answer session. Dr. Kirsten Hackenbroch, Institute Director, Goethe-Institut Bangladesh, was present as the Special Guest at the event.
Broqué, a well known emerging sustainable fashion entrepreneur, was selected as one of the curators to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Goethe Institute in Bangladesh at the Goethe Institute Pop Up Festival. As part of the Festival, Mahenaz Chowdhury took this journey to unveil some of the devastating effects of rapid urbanization and industrialization on a village on the bank of the Shitalakhya river called Jamdani.
Dr. K. Ayaz Rabbani, Head and Assistant Professor of the Department of Environmental Science and Management, IUB; Dr. Abdul Khaleque, Professor, Department of Environmental Science & Management; and Md. Ekhtekharul Islam, Senior Lecturer, Department of Environmental Science & Management and Club Coordinator, Green Planet Club IUB, were the panelists in the discussion session.
Dr. Rabbani, in his discussion, highlighted the unique strength of our students and emphasized mass communication and dissemination of environmental knowledge based on solid science. Dr. Khaleque shared some relevant stories that influenced the audience to rethink the roles and responsibilities of the current generation and how they can play a substantial role in redesigning our efforts towards environmental sustainability. Mr. Ekhtekharul notably brought up instances of how everyone must be mindful of their unique environmental influence.
The experience sharing and exchange between panelists and students foreshadowed future courses of action that must be adopted collectively to create a positive impact. In her concluding remarks, Dr. Hackenbroch stated a need for greater collaboration between a wide range of stakeholders to make and create meaningful impacts for a safer and better future. After one and a half-hour-long session, the program was then concluded with a wake-up call for future environmental scientists and managers on the importance of adopting a practical action that will be inclusive, participatory, and holistic.