Walking for environment and health in cities
Regular radio talk show Bigyan o Poribesh (Science and Environment), on-aired twice in every month at the government owned radio channel Bangladesh Betar. It is on-aired 30 January 2016 and hosted (moderator and script writer) by Aminul Islam Sujon.
Being as moderator, I’ve provided introduction and introduce guest speakers. Recently Pouroshova (a unit of local government, authorized for small cities at districts and sub districts) election has been done, many new chairman elected as Mayor. In all cities, many people walk. In a study, it has been said that, about 95% people walk in mega cities. So walking friendly environment is necessary. Walking has improved public health and environment that was focused in this radio talk show.
Guest speaker is Mr. Abu Naser Khan, founder of environmental movement in Bangladesh and currently chairman of Poribesh Bachao Andolon (POBA- Save the Environment Movement) spoke what needs to be done to encourage safe walking. He emphasized integrated travel including walking. In particular, city is not big, so people can walk from one to another destination. As new Mayor has been elected for many Pouroshobha, they should develop a master plan including transportation that should include walking environment.
Another guest speaker is Mr. Maruf Rahman, program manager of the Work for a Better Bangladesh. He talked that one mayor can be make him popular through improving walking environment. Walking is important for everyone from poor to rich. Poor walk to save money, while rich walk to save health. He encouraged todevelop pilot project for walking, including comfortable foot path, sitting arrangements, signal lights, trees etc.
Again, as moderator, I’ve concluded radio talk show with brief summary of the discussions with the hope to see improved walking in all cities of Bangladesh.
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