Opinion

EDITORIAL-Plea To Private Sector To Play A Bigger Role In Safeguarding Our Environment

The private sector in Fiji needs to play a bigger role in introducing best practices to safeguard our environment. Government cannot and should not be expected to carry out the
14 Jun 2017 10:01
EDITORIAL-Plea To Private Sector To Play A Bigger Role In Safeguarding Our Environment
Good Example:Justin Hunter in the grading room. Photo: J Hunter Pearls Fiji

The private sector in Fiji needs to play a bigger role in introducing best practices to safeguard our environment.

Government cannot and should not be expected to carry out the changes themselves. To expect Government to do everything is very selfish on our part.

It was encouraging to see Justin Hunter of J Hunter Pearls Fiji taking an active part in the United Nations Ocean Conference which concluded in New York last week.

Mr Hunter’s company has already made voluntary commitments through which they intend to do their part in reversing the degradation of the ocean.

It is a bold step for a company whose very existence relies on a healthy ocean. It is a commendable step.

More private sector involvement needs to be done. More best practices need to be introduced and the private sector needs to play a bigger role.

The commitment by Government to introduce the reduction in single use plastic bags will no doubt be met with some resistance but we need to move our focus on the bigger picture.

We need to move away from the mentality of a single use plastic bag. While consumers no doubt will play a major role in this, the private sector also has a role to play.

We have our tourism industry dependent on a pristine environment which will bring tourists to Fiji.

Hoteliers have traditionally played a role in coral replanting amongst other things, but they can play a bigger role. Our fishing communities rely on fresh fish from the ocean. They need to play their part in making sure we have fishes left for the future generation.

The last thing we want is to come to a stage where we need to import fresh fish from overseas and if we are not careful, this is the future we are looking at.

And, it all begins with you and I. Reducing the single use check out bags will be a start. Let’s do something before it is too late. jyoti pratibha

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj



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