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Tagicakibau: Human selfishness A Problem For Environment

Human selfishness has been one of the biggest causes of environmental degradation, says Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau. Speaking at the World Environmental Day celebrations at the Fiji National University in
08 Jun 2016 09:29
Tagicakibau: Human selfishness A Problem For Environment

Human selfishness has been one of the biggest causes of environmental degradation, says Commissioner Western Manasa Tagicakibau.

Speaking at the World Environmental Day celebrations at the Fiji National University in Natabua, Lautoka, on Sunday, Mr Tagicakibau said people only thought about their welfare and over time destabilised the purpose for which the environment was created.

Mr Tagicakibau said the state of the world was deteriorating to such an extent that in developing countries, 70 per cent of industrial waste was dumped untreated into waterways, causing pollution.

“On average, 45million kilograms of fertilizers and chemicals are used each year to grow fruits and vegetables,” he said.

“These statistics prove that the world has become a dirty and dangerous place to live in. The time has come for us to work positively with a strong conviction and commitment towards a cleaner environment.”

Mr Tagicakibau believes one should not depend on the work of a few, commitment was needed, and villages and settlements needed to establish their own environmental groups.

He said development was good but a requirement should be an investigation into how the environment could be protected.

“While people needed to earn a living, they should be able to enjoy their earnings in a safe and clean environment as well,” he said.

 

 

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