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Those With Power To Act, Must Act: Climate Champ

Those With Power To Act,  Must Act: Climate Champ
November 10
12:47 2017

The rigour with which youths from the world over are participating in various COP23 events has impressed Climate Champion Inia Seruiratu.

On Wednesday, the Minister for Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development and National Disaster Management and Meteorological Services opened the inter-generational dialogue during Youth Day.

A large number of youths participated in the talanoa sessions held at the Talanoa Space which was set up as a place for informal talks by Fiji, to give youths and others who do not have a pavilion to use the place for their meetings.

“Their demands, your demands that the leaders gathered here in Bonn should accelerate their efforts has an urgency and sincerity that we simply cannot ignore,” Mr Seruiratu said.

“Your passion to hold us to account, your energy and your optimism gives me a great sense of responsibility as Fiji’s High Level Climate Champion.

“It also gives me reassurance – a hope that no matter how daunting the challenges ahead of us, we have a new generation of leaders already emerging ready to face these challenges head on.”

He also gave a grave warning for leaders – there was no time left to waste.

“Any delay or hesitation on our part- however minor it might seem now- can have extreme and damaging reverberations in the future,” he said.

“Let us be very clear about this. Climate change is not the greatest threat of our time, it is the greatest threat of all time.

“Those with power to act, must act. Not doing so is the greatest possible betrayal of future generations,” he said.

But he said this was no longer a case of us and them, it was a matter of ‘we’.

“For our part, the older members of the grand coalition must make the space. We must have the humility and trust to acknowledge that young people have a critical role to place and have things to teach us.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa



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