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Real Face Of Climate Change Seen Through Reality Videos

Real Face Of Climate Change Seen Through Reality Videos
From left: Minister for Agriculture, Rural & Maritime Development & National Disaster Management & Meteorological Services Inia Seruiratu, Minister for Women, Children & Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa, Minister for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau in Bonn Germany, on November 10, 2017. Photo: Office of the Attorney-General
November 11
11:15 2017

Minister for Women, Children & Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa launched visual reality videos- My story: Young Fijians on the Front Line of Climate Change, the tale of climate change told by young Fijians.

It marked Youth Day, a day set aside in the Bonn Zone as a side event of COP23.

Mrs Vuniwaqa said:  “We feel that whatever is decided here at COP23, needs to be grounded from a community perspective.

“Fiji is proud to share with you a community perspective that we feel resonates with all communities across the globe when it comes to the threats of climate change,’ she said.

“You are about to take a trip to four of our villages in Fiji. These range from coastal and inland areas to settlements. They also vary in terms of the types of hazards they face from climate change and natural disasters.

“You will see how climate change and disasters can affect any area you live in, be it a rural or urban area and all these shown from the perspective of our youths in Fiji. You will see the different faces of climate change in the way it impacts not only our youths but also the whole community.

“Our youths are able to say it the way it is. They see the way in which climate change has become the ‘new norm’ for people in the Pacific. They express the real vulnerabilities and also how these vary for women and by their extension children, the elderly and other vulnerable groups,” she said while giving a description of the videos that are shown through VR.

“Whilst I recognise that you cannot truly understand the emotion felt by vulnerable communities unless if you actually live through it; I hope that Virtual Reality will bring you closer to that understanding. To better appreciate the realities our Pacific Islanders are going through in the face of climate change. But more importantly, it will show you the perspectives of our young people and how they wish to see their future.”

Edited by Mohammed Zulfikar

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