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Letters To The Editor, 27th September, 2017

How Plastic Affects Birds & Wildlife. Neelz Singh, Lami If you have ever walked the beach after a high tide on an early morning or afternoon, you can see the
27 Sep 2017 11:54
Letters To The Editor, 27th September, 2017
The villagers of Sawani Village are constant victims of flooding whenever the Waimanu River, just beside the village, bursts its banks during heavy or continuous rainfall. The area was visited by journalists as part of the National Climate Change Week. Former village headman Josua Balemila gazes at the Waimanu River on September 26, 2017. Photo: Fonua Talei (Report >P4, 20)

How Plastic Affects Birds & Wildlife.

Neelz Singh, Lami

If you have ever walked the beach after a high tide on an early morning or afternoon, you can see the remnants of our “throw it away” society – rubbish scattered everywhere.

It’s not new information that our oceans are full of garbage. While there are no current figures of exactly how much garbage is in there, they end up on beaches as well.

My trip to the beach saved a bird that was struggling with plastic and part of a  fishing line tangled around the bird’s feet and neck. It was hard to catch, but I managed to gently remove the fishing line and a torn plastic bag that was making this bird’s neck and feet hurt. 

Bits of plastic litter the shoreline including bottle caps, toys, cigarette lighters, fishing lines and other garbage. Scientists are now documenting how this surge of plastic trash leaves a wake of death and disease that directly affects seabirds, including our indigenous and endemic species.

What we know:

  •  Plastic water bottles take 450 years to decompose;
  •  Fishing lines and nets can take up to 600 years to decompose; and
  •  Plastic bags or balloons in the ocean are dangerous (they can look like a jellyfish meal to a sea turtle).

What we all can do:

  •  Reduce our use of disposable plastic products;
  •  Reuse and recycle what we can;
  •  Buy reusable grocery bags to cut down on plastic bag use;
  •  Pick up litter or rubbish if you can to help clean our environment;
  •  Volunteer for beach and stream clean-ups;
  •  Remind others not to throw rubbish anywhere they feel like.
  • In many areas of the globe, birds inadvertently feed on plastic floating on the water, mistaking it for food, and many times this ingestion leads to death and even the death of their young. Aside from just looking disgusting, all of this garbage poses a serious threat to wildlife that either confuses it as food or consumes it accidentally.

Until this desperately-needed solution comes, it is on all of us to reduce the amount of litter generated so that it does not end up in the mouths or around the necks of birds and marine species.

Global warming

Wise Muavono, Lautoka

Climate change is a real problem that has already caused devastation in many villages, due to rising sea levels and fiercer storms.

We must act to reduce carbon pollution and increase clean-energy production. Only then do we have a chance to lessen our future negative impact on the environment and therefore avoid even fiercer storms and flooding. This must be a global effort. We also need to be better prepared to deal with the impacts of climate change that have already occurred.

Trade unionists and strikes

Dan Urai, Lautoka

Nemani Delaibatiki’s article (FS/23/9/17) indicates the little he knows about trade unionism and trade unionists in Fiji.

No trade union leader wants to take strike action of any kind. What Mr Delaibatiki should analyse is what led the members to push their leaders to such an action.

His article would be viewed as balanced if he took the time to investigate the difference between a collective agreement and an individual contract.

No trade union leader is paid a six figure salary and public sector union leaders don’t survive on membership fees alone.

He seems to have a short memory as civil servant union membership fees were unilaterally stopped but trade union leaders in these sectors continued their service to members 

In future please take time to interview trade union leaders or members before putting pen to paper.

Editor’s Note: Nemani Delaibatiki is one of Fiji’s outstanding journalists. He has reported on trade union affairs for decades.

Fighting sexual abuse

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa, Suva

Jimmy Swaggart in one of his sermons years ago said that when the Christian church lowers its high standards, the morality of the people is also lowered.

When the Christian Church regard God’s moral law, the Ten Commandments as no longer binding on us, we are allowing the nation to pursue the lust of the flesh and disobedience to God without having any guilt.

The replacement of God’s moral law with our own human rights has resulted in the increase of gays and lesbians and the Christian Church blessing same sex couples.

With the availability of porn at our fingertips, coupled with our fallen natures and the so called freedom from the moral law we Christians boast; it is no wonder that older people are being involved in sex abuse and also some young ones.

The Bible is clear that in the last days Christians will be in all sorts of morality problems, having a form of godliness but denying its power.

My point is, as a nation with a Christian majority, we Christians should first seek godliness through the transforming and empowering power of Christ and become model citizens in keeping both the moral and state laws.

When we Christians through Christ, overcome this tendency, urge or lust which leads to sexual abuse, non-Christians will follow suit. Nothing is impossible with God and in my books; He is the best solution in fighting sex abuse.

Feedback:  jyotip@fijisun.com.fj




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