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PM Urges Children To Take Lead

The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, has called on all Fijian children to keep Fiji clean and green. “Even the youngest of you has a very important role to play and
02 Jun 2015 11:56
PM Urges Children To Take Lead

The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, has called on all Fijian children to keep Fiji clean and green.

“Even the youngest of you has a very important role to play and I want older children especially to take the lead,” he said while launching the National Envrionment Week celebration at the Housing Authority carpark in Nasinu yesterday.

In welcoming the students, he said the celebration was for them and to remind the adult citizens that they had a duty to leave them the same clean green environment that their parents left to them.

He asked them if they saw a piece of rubbish to pick it up and take to a rubbish bin or somewhere where it could be collected.

“If you drink from a plastic bottle or package like the free milk we’re giving Year One students, don’t throw it on the ground or leave it at the beach. Dispose of it properly,” the PM said.

He said we are using too many plastic bags and they were one of the worst things for our evironment.

“They don’t break down naturally and are having a terrible impact on land and sea.”

He said we had to stop rubbishing our country and rubbishing the ocean around us. The fight to keep Fiji clean starts with the children he said.

“Every single one of you; I want you to be nature’s warriors and to stand up for our environment and protect our beautiful surroundings.”

His message to the children – “As we launch the National Envrioment Week, every other Fijian child to become a warrior for a cleaner and greener Fiji and join the fight to protect our enviroment.”

Mr Bainimarama said he had just returned from Japan and Thailand where they talked about sustainable development.

“Sustainable development means that everything we do as a nation – every project we undertake – only goes ahead if it doesn’t damage the environment.”

He said the Constitution guaranteed that every person had the right to a clean environment, which included the right to have our natural world protected for the benefit of ourselves and of future generations.

He said keeping Fiji clean and green was not just being sensible but they had to do it and it was in the law.

The Prime Miniser said one of our most pressing problems was the amount of rubbish we were generating.

“A record of 75,000 tonnes of household and commercial waste was received at Naboro Sanitary Landfill in 2014, 12 per cent more than the year before,” he said.

Government, he said, was establishing a Waste Transfer Station in the Central Division where they would start separating rubbish and would put aside items that could be recycled.

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