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Cawaki Poses Critical Questions In Climate Week Launch

Cawaki Poses Critical Questions In Climate Week Launch
Students, parents and teachers witnessing the launch of Climate Change Week in Labasa on September 23,2017. Photo: AFA KAUMAITOTOYA
September 24
11:30 2017

The questions are: “What are you going to do about it? How can we collectively combat these silent but deadly phenomena?”

The critical questions were posed by Assistant Minister for Rural Maritime Development and National Disaster Management Joeli Cawaki while launching the national Climate Change week for the Central Division yesterday.

“The impact of Climate Change is visible in all the provinces in Fiji,” said Mr Cawaki.

“The number of villages in the Central Division, let alone Fiji, that are being inundated with seawater is increasing; we have to visit the villages in the Tailevu and Rewa Delta and coastal villages of Serua to witness climate change in action in the form of saltwater intrusion and river bank erosion.

“Our Prime Minister’s presidency of the COP23 is a sign of his firm commitment to minimize and reduce the effects of climate change in our region. This has elevated our country’s status as the region’s leader in fighting climate change,” Mr Cawaki said.

“I challenge you today to join the bandwagon and fight against the impact of Climate Change.”

“Our history as a nation has been a history of overcoming hardships and difficulties; we have cultivated a tolerance for adversities and developed a culture of resilience. These is our strength, the ability to stand on both feet again and again no matter how hard. We must accelerate Climate Action for a Resilient Fiji.”

In Labasa, Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea launched the event.

“This will provide an opportunity for the people of the North to support the division towards a better, healthier and sustainable Fiji.”

Holy Family Seconday School Principal Timaleti Cagiliwaliwa said that it was a good programme to be conducted because she believed that the children were the ones that should be educated on this issue because they can be future advocates on climate change.

“Climate change is real and we have to accept the changes that are coming,” Mrs Cagiliwaliwa said.

“Therefore it is important for the students to understand the importance of the three R’s, reduce, reuse, and recycle for a cleaner and healthier environment.”

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