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Climate Change: Fiji Airways Staff Set On Meeting Pledge

As part of the Fiji Airways 2017 target for ‘Every take-off, one tree’ initiative 100 Fiji Airways staff members along with their family members planted 2000 mangrove seedlings at Lautoka’s
22 Oct 2017 12:18
Climate Change: Fiji Airways Staff Set On Meeting Pledge
Fiji Airways staff members along with family members planting mangrove seedlings at Lautoka's Saweni Beach. Photo: Fiji Airways.

As part of the Fiji Airways 2017 target for ‘Every take-off, one tree’ initiative 100 Fiji Airways staff members along with their family members planted 2000 mangrove seedlings at Lautoka’s Saweni Beach and  My Suva Park at the Nasese foreshore yesterday. The Airline has planted 2500 trees in total. They had planted 500 mahogany trees in Nadi earlier this year.

Fiji Airways pledged to plant a tree for every international take-off from its home airport, Nadi International Airport, last year.

Fiji Airways Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Andre Viljoen said the initiative meant a lot to all Fiji Airways staff.

“We’re committed to our environment and offsetting as much of our carbon emissions as possible,” Mr Viljoen said.

He thanked the Fijian Department of Forestry and Ministry of Environment for their support which had helped the national airlines to achieve a very special tree-planting milestone.

“What’s especially pleasing is the fact that we’ve planted 2000 mangroves at two key locations in Fiji, which will not only sequester carbon from the atmosphere, but provide an effective natural sea-wall and marine ecosystem,” he said.

Mr Viljoen said that “Our Every Take-off, One Tree initiative was also a fitting complement to the leading role Fiji was playing in the global fight against climate change with its Presidency of COP23.

“Along with buying modern, fuel efficient aircraft to reduce our carbon footprint, we’re flying the flag for Fiji’s COP23 Presidency and climate action messages through tangible actions,” he said.

“We hope to announce even more initiatives in the coming months to further our carbon offset programme.”

Fiji Airways staff worked with the Department of Forestry and Ministry of Environment to plant 1500 mangroves at Lautoka’s Saweni Beach and 500 mangrove seedlings near My Suva Park at the Muanikau foreshore.

Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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