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Fine Arts Display on Climate Change

Fine Arts Display on Climate Change
Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa (right), inspecting the paintings. Photo: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation
October 28
11:14 2017

 

The artworks expressed the artists’ creativity and imagination on climate change, its impact and how everyone can mitigate climate change in their everyday life.

This is how the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa described the paintings that were on display during a Fine Arts Exhibition.

The more than 100 pieces displayed at the Fiji National Provident Fund were centred on the theme of climate change.

She said that climate change and its diverse effects, predicted or already registered, constitute a major challenge for people, governments and ecologies around the globe, but for the Pacific, the scenario in question is both very distinctive and very urgent.

“Quite simply, the nations and territories of the Pacific Islands contribute the least to global warming, but are likely to suffer massively from its effects.

“Climate scientists tell us that, owing to a warming of the ocean and an intensification of winds, parts of the Pacific are now experiencing sea-level rise of more than three times that of the world average.”

Ms Vuniwaqa said the vulnerability of Pacific Island countries to climate change has been the subject of significant media coverage.

The Pacific region has experienced devastating cyclones, storm surges, coral bleaching, and irregular rainfall patterns.

Sea level rise threatens low-lying islands, where salt water infiltrates drinking water wells and kills staple food crops, as well as damaging property.

She said the projects and exhibitions provide an ideal forum for artists from all over Fiji to collaborate and work together to transcend cultural differences and provide great inspiration to aspiring new artists to try new techniques, tools and ideas in their work.

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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