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Faith Leaders Called To Unite And Fight Against Climate Change

“This with its expected outcome to solidifying faith-based partnership in safeguarding Fiji’s rainforests and ecological environment.”
19 Jun 2019 11:48
Faith Leaders Called To Unite And Fight Against Climate Change
Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea (sitting fourth from the left) with religious leaders gathered for the first ever divisional REDD+ and environmental stewardship dialogue forum for church and inter-faith leaders at Macuata House in Labasa on June 18, 2019. Photo: Shratika Naidu

Commissioner Northern Jovesa Vocea has called on religious leaders to help stop and prevent negative environmental practices in the Northern division.

He termed such practices as ungodly acts of selfishness and greediness.

During the opening of the first ever divisional Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation in developing countries (REDD+) and environmental stewardship dialogue forum for church and inter-faith leaders at Macuata House in Labasa, Mr Vocea said people need to ensure that something is left for the present and future generations.

“Negative environmental practices such as forest fires, unsustainable logging and poor unplanned agricultural practices such as planting on steep slopes and beside river banks that accelerate soil erosion and more,” he said.

“The theme for this forum ‘one home protecting our forests and building bridges of ecological hope for our people together’ is a timely catalyst to rejuvenate and further consolidate what Government is already doing.

“This with its expected outcome to solidifying faith-based partnership in safeguarding Fiji’s rainforests and ecological environment.”

“I humbly urge all church and faith-based organisation representatives to champion the spirit of unity and work together in protecting our Fiji, forests and future source of resilience against the ravages of climate change that we are all living through now,” he said.

“I would like to thank the Ministry of Forests and GRACE TRIFAM MINISTRY (a home grown faith-based non-government organisation) for championing this inclusive talanoa initiative with able collaboration and strategic partnership with the Fiji Council of Churches and InterFaith Search Fiji.”

Edited by Susana Tuilau

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