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New Queen To Advocate On Climate Change

Newly crowned Miss Vodafone Tebara Carnival queen Vitila Sirivalu will be an activist for the education of primary school students about climate change. The 22-year-old who won the title on
15 May 2017 11:00
New Queen To Advocate On Climate Change
Minister for Local Government, Housing, Environment, Infrastructure and Transport Parveen Bala congratulates the 2017 Miss Vodafone Tebara Carnival, Miss National Hire, Vitilia Sirivalu on May 14, 2017. Photo: Arishma Devi-Narayan

Newly crowned Miss Vodafone Tebara Carnival queen Vitila Sirivalu will be an activist for the education of primary school students about climate change.

The 22-year-old who won the title on Saturday night said if young children were taught the importance of creating awareness and resolving the impact of climate change they would grow up to practise them.

“My parents are farmers and over the years due to unpredictable weather, their crops have been damaged and this has lowered income generation,” Ms Sirivalu said.

“I really see the adverse effects of climate change in my own home, knowing also of the landslide that happened at Kasavu it was hard for us to travel to the city and go back so we had to use the back road which was hours of dusty and bumpy travel.”

Ms Sirivalu, who recently graduated from the Fiji National University with a Bachelor in Public Health, said her family from Naisomua in Verata, Tailevu, felt the effects of constant change in weather patterns which affected their daily lives.

She said she would be targeting primary school students to advocate on the impact of climate change and teach them how to work together to preserve the environment.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika



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