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People Need To Know More About Climate Change

It is natural to assume that if people do not accept climate change, it is because they do not understand it, or perhaps they need to know more about it,
12 Oct 2014 08:44
People Need To Know More About Climate Change
Afifimailagi Faaaliatui.

It is natural to assume that if people do not accept climate change, it is because they do not understand it, or perhaps they need to know more about it, says Afifimailagi Faaaliatui.

He is 70-years-old and is the oldest crew member of Samoa’s voyaging canoe Gaualofa.

“We are just one day away before we set sail for Port Vila, Vanuatu; our next destination on this important voyage to Sydney, Australia, to attend the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Conference,” Mr Faaaliatui said.

He said the crew members from Fiji’s Uto ni Yalo, Gaualofa and Cook Islands’ Marumaru Atua wanted to raise awareness on the importance of people, oceans and climate change.

“This is my seventh time in Fiji and I hope to inspire the younger generation to take an interest in protecting the environment,” he said.

Mr Faaaliatui said oceans and the environment played a vital role and served as a source of food and valuable minerals and a lot of people depended on them for their survival.

“We are facing the risks of climate change and we need to act now. Together we can take a more active role on global issues.”

He said climate change was everyone’s problem in the Pacific and around the globe.

“We as individuals must act now in our homes, communities and nations.”

Although he said, they may be small countries compared to developed countries they could make their voices heard.

The IUCN World Parks Conference in Sydney, Australia, will be held from November 12-19, 2014.

Feedback:  zafiya.shamim@fijisun.com.fj

 



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