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‘Fijians Vulnerable To Climate Change’

All Fijians have been urged to adjust their perception to that of a society vulnerable to climate change. Issuing this advice was the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, while addressing concerns
05 Mar 2017 11:00
‘Fijians Vulnerable To Climate Change’

All Fijians have been urged to adjust their perception to that of a society vulnerable to climate change.

Issuing this advice was the Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama, while addressing concerns of rising sea levels on Taveuni Island during a recent talanoa session.

Mr Bainimarama said Government could only do as much but the onus was on the people to take the initiative when they were being threatened by climate change.

While addressing the crowd gathered at Wainikeli District School the past week, he said people should accept the fact that there were many environmental changes taking place in communities.

“All these changes are being triggered by climate change, it is said that in the next 50 years, three islands in the Pacific would go under the sea, they are Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Marshall Islands,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“Some of the islands in Fiji are smaller than these ones and they might also sink along with them.

“It needs to be understood that the melting of the ice in the poles is caused through large carbon emission by the big developed nations annually, and that is why the Fijian government is trying to minimise the use of fossil fuel like oil, benzene, and encourage the use of renewable resources like the Somosomo Hydro.”

He said if communities were being threatened then they should consider relocating, and new homes to be built on higher ground.

The Somosomo Hydro on Taveuni Island was commissioned earlier the past week.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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