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Bala: Climate Change Is Central Theme For Carnivals This Year

All municipal carnivals’ theme this year will be centred on climate change. This was confirmed by Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala as he
04 May 2017 11:00
Bala: Climate Change Is Central Theme For Carnivals This Year
Hibiscus Event Group chairperson Hirdesh Prasad (sittting second from left), Permanent Secretary for Local Government Joshua Wycliffe, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala, Vodafone Fiji chief marketing officer Rajnesh Prasad, guests, with reigning Vodafone Tebara queen Sharleen Singh (standing, middle) with this year’s contestants at the launch of the Vodafone Tebara Carnival at the Vunimono Hall in Nausori on May 2, 2017. Photo: Vodafone Fiji

All municipal carnivals’ theme this year will be centred on climate change.

This was confirmed by Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala as he launched the 2017 Vodafone Tebara Carnival on Tuesday night.

“The idea behind having a common theme on Climate Change is to promote discussions at local civic level on this contentious subject of national and global interest,” Mr Bala said at the Vunimono Community Hall in Nausori.

“This theme can then be used for local advocacy and action on Climate Change.

“It is agreed that the theme for 2017 will be centred on Climate Change with an objective to support Fiji’s presidency of COP23 by the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, involve participating Queens to research and speak on Climate Change, towards advocacy and action, give our local community a chance to share their climate change challenges, mitigation and adaptation plans and design festivals with on-going programmes on Climate Change.

“Climate change is already affecting food security and it is expected to have an even greater impacts in coming years.

“This means heightened risks to our farms and farmers will mean that access to food and its prices will reach crisis levels and none of us want to see this happen,” Mr Bala said.

In the current Budget 2016/2017, $894,100 had been set aside for the purpose of Climate Change adaptation, he added.

Meanwhile, Vodafone Tebara Carnival will run May 6 to May 13.

“The carnival committee looks forward to staging a successful week-long festival for the people of Nausori and I am sure that Nausori Town will further be livened up with the activities and entertainment, in the upcoming Tebara Festival,” Mr Bala said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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