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Work Together To Keep Fiji Clean

Work Together To Keep Fiji Clean
Editorial
July 04
11:25 2017

While the Fijian Government continues to work towards the future of all Pacific Islands, Fijians are calling on one another to focus on keeping Fiji clean.

For the past couple of weeks the Fiji Sun focused on something which we thought would be a challenge.

Interviewing people was indeed a challenge. Trying to end the rubbish of our country.

Walking up to people living in areas such as Colo-i-Suva, Davuilevu Housing, Caubati and Vatuwaqa in the greater Suva suburbs and raising questions on the rubbish that are being thrown on the roadside paints a negative image on how we are keeping our nation clean.

Concerns are raised on what the municipality councils are doing?

Why do people litter other people’s compounds and surroundings?

How can we fight climate change on the global arena when our very own people are not considerate about the environment?

In the Northern Division, cane farms, cassava plantations and river banks are filled with rubbish.

It is quite common in the North especially in areas outside the town boundary as rubbish collection is only done for those living in the town areas.

Those outside the town area must either burn or bury their rubbish but then this is also not good for the environment or one’s health.

Savusavu and Labasa Town Councils should, perhaps, consider extending their respective town boundaries.

Nabouwalu and Seaqaqa are yet to be completed and will be townships with landfills planned for the two areas.

In Nadi, Wailoaloa beach is a popular area where people are dumping used baby diapers. The question still remains on who is dumping baby diapers on our beautiful sandy beaches and what should be done about it?

What is the solution to all these littering problems?

Yesterday, the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the opening of the Climate Action Pacific Partnership event in Suva said; all Pacific Islands are facing an unprecedented threat to our way of life from the rising sea levels, extreme weather events and changes to agriculture brought about by climate change.

Questioned on why our Fijian PM is saying this he responded: “We are fighting for our very survival. For all we hold dear. For all that God has given us and has been entrusted to us by our forebears to care for and pass on to generations to come.”

He said “we are not pointing our fingers at the rest of the world and saying ‘it is your responsibility to solve this problem’.

“We recognise that it is the collective responsibility of every global citizen to contribute to a solution.”

So it is not only the responsibility of our Fijian Government to take Fiji and the rest of our Pacific Islands nations to the global arena, voicing our concerns on climate change, Fijians can also rise up and start by not littering, start by keeping our oceans, rivers and streams clean, start by giving ideas and showing one another how much we care about our environment.

Before you throw that rubbish out the window, think twice. Keep Fiji clean for our future generations.

 

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