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Sea Level Rise On Agenda

The Anglican Church is committed to work with other stakeholders to address the issue of sea-level rise, not only in Fiji, but the Pacific. The Archbishop of the Diocese of
06 May 2015 13:52
Sea Level Rise On Agenda

The Anglican Church is committed to work with other stakeholders to address the issue of sea-level rise, not only in Fiji, but the Pacific.

The Archbishop of the Diocese of Polynesia, Reverend Dr Winston Halapua, said this issue could not be tackled alone but with the work of a ‘koro’, the theme of the church’s 2015 Synod meeting.

Archbishop Halapua said the church was now looking at ways they could articulate this issue.

“The sea level rise in Fiji has affected many places forcing them to relocate. We cannot keep talking and that is where we are engaging to,” he said.

“It is a priority not because we want to be safe, we are saying to the world is what we encounter here is more where you are. By being useful to the world we need to convey the message clearly.

“Our participating is saying that we are the people who are right in the midst of this but then we say we have big hearts and we are not alone. We say to other parts of the world if only you know that the water is already here now, you’ll know what we are talking about.

“We actually need to talk about this and we say to the rich people not to pocket money. It was not given to you to disadvantage us.”

He is appealing to other developed countries to use the wealth they have achieved through the resources of the Pacific such as tuna, corals, and seaweed to boost the fight to reduce the impact of sea level rise.

Feedback: aqela.susu@fijisun.com.fj

 



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