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Protect Your Future and Preserve the Planet: Koya

Protect Your Future and  Preserve the Planet: Koya
From left: Kulukulu Primary School headgirl Rhiea Kumar, Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya, and headboy Ariyan Sharma plant a tree in Nadroga on September 28,2017. Photo: DEPTFO News
September 29
11:00 2017


The students of Kulukulu Primary School were challenged to make a difference in protecting their future through the preservation of our planet.

Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources Faiyaz Koya made this statement during the National Climate Change Awareness week in Sigatoka yesterday.

“The week is important because it does not only aim to inform and educate, but also encourage all Fijians to participate in raising awareness on the effects of climate change and decide what we need to do to stop these detrimental effects.”

Mr Koya reminded the students of their role towards the land and the ocean, this is to coincide with the day’s theme of “Agriculture, Food Security and Fisheries”.

“Food Security and the protection of the marine resources are crucial for the well being of the people of Kulukulu,” he said.

“Hence, it is also your responsibility to be agents of climate action to ensure that our future generations are able to enjoy the same environment as we are enjoying today (yesterday).”

He stressed on how climate change has been affecting local areas like Denimanu, Tukaraki, Vunidogolea and other Sigatoka areas that are currently facing its effects.

“Villages such as Denimanu, Tukaraki and Vunidogolea are being inundated with the rising sea level and those living in these villages, have had to be relocated,” he said.

“Coastal parts of Sigatoka are affected by salt water intrusion and river bank erosion which is a big threat to people who are farming.”

“Therefore as a community we need to come up with strategies to ensure sustainable water resource management.”

He added with the awareness week at hand, students must take the initiative to extend the message of climate change to help support our Honorable Prime Minister by showing that together we can make a difference.

Edited by Mohammed Ali



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