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His new book is A World of Three Zeros: He and over a dozen other Nobel Peace laureates have signed a letter calling on the United Nations Security Council to intervene to protect the Rohingya and end the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine, Burma. Transcript This is a rush transcript.
Copy may not be in its final form. You come into this country. You see the catastrophe, the climate catastrophe in Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas, these hurricanes coming more frequently, more intense. A third of your country, Bangladesh, is underwater? You said all of the words that I was about to say.
One-fourth of the country is just about one meter above the sea level. So the global warming takes—as it takes place, sea level rises, Bangladesh just slides into the sea. And so, this is the position, that every year we are getting more and more into the sea than we were before.
In a small territory of million people—sorry,square kilometers, we have million people. So if land goes into the water, your land becomes uncultivable.
You cannot grow food for yourself, and you have to leave your territory, land that you used to live. On top of it, you have the new refugees coming from Burma to find shelter with us. So, these are happening not because Bangladesh is doing something wrong for the climate situation or worsening the climate situation.
And the floods that you mentioned, floods—we used to know flood. So how does it feel to come to a country, the United States, where the president, President Donald Trump, has denied climate change, called it a Chinese hoax, pulled the U.
It took us more than 40 years of global mobilization, making people aware what a damaging thing this climate change is, and it soon will be reaching the point of no return. Even if we try, we cannot save the planet anymore. So we all got together, finally, all the countries got together in Paris to sign the Paris Agreement.
And today, that Paris Agreement exists. So we are very unhappy and very, very disappointed that such a position was taken. A country like China is going—moving ahead. India is moving ahead. But you wrote a book, A World of Three Zeros: But talk about zero net carbon emissions, zero poverty.
All this, we have to achieve.
There is no option for us. And I just lay down that this is something. But the system which we have been practicing, the capitalist system—I said capitalist system is not working towards it. So the top is becoming a big mushroom of wealth.
And then, 99 percent of the people is like the stem from the mushroom hanging there. And that stem is becoming thinner and thinner. So this is a ticking time bomb. Anytime it can explode—politically, socially, economically and so on.
We are not paying attention to it. Wealth concentration was going on ever since we introduced capitalist system, but this was not very visible. The speed of wealth concentration has become speedier and speedier.
Years back, there was—a couple of years back, it was 32 people who owned half, the wealth of the bottom 50 percent, and now we have eight.Social business was defined by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and is described in his books..
In these books, Yunus defined a social business as a business: Created and designed to address a social problem; A non-loss, non-dividend company, i.e. The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank "for their efforts to create economic and social development from below".
Oct 13, · The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded today to the Grameen Bank of Bangladesh and its founder, Muhammad Yunus, for pioneering microcredit — using loans of tiny amounts to transform destitute. Nobel winner Muhammad Yunus explains how so-called social businesses can make everyone an entrepreneur and remedy inequality.
Muhammad Yunus was born in in Chittagong, a seaport in Bangladesh.
The third of fourteen children, five of whom died in infancy, he was educated at Dhaka University and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study economics at Vanderbilt University.
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