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Editorial: COP23, an opportunity for Fijians to bring climate change closer home

Editorial: COP23, an opportunity for Fijians to  bring climate change closer home
COP23
October 30
16:01 2017

COP23 is the opportunity for all Fijians to shine. It is the opportunity to us to take the lead in the fight for our survival.

It is not just about Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama taking up the Presidency, we too need to take ownership of the event. We too, need to take this opportunity to tell the world how we are impacted by climate change, how our shorelines are disappearing, how people have lost their lives, their homes, their livelihoods because of adverse weather.

It has been a great honour for all Fijians that our leadership has been recognised and such a massive task is being shouldered by Fiji. But to make this ours, is our challenge.

All small island states – from our neighbours in the South Pacific to Singapore are looking at our Prime Minister for his leadership in getting the ball rolling and to get the world acting on their agreement made in Paris Agreement.

But while he is doing that, we need to be able to take steps closer home to contribute in this fight.

Granted that Fiji’s carbon footprint is negligible but it is the small steps we take that will decide our future.

One of the areas Fiji is focusing on is the transportation sector. With advancement in technology, changing the direction of our public transportation and steering it towards environment friendly vehicles is a reality. This is one area which Government plans to look into in coming years.

There are many other areas where Fiji can take this opportunity to adopt best practices in.

But for that to happen, our team in Bonn, Germany who will be negotiating on behalf of 800,000 Fijians will need the right support.

While COP23 discussions continue in Bonn this week, we wish Mr Bainimarama all the very best for the hard task that lies ahead of him and we wish the Fijian delegation which will be led by Attorney-General and Minister Responsible for Climate Change Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum all the very best in flying the Fijian flag.

JYOTI PRATIBHA

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj

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