Prime Minister’s Climate Combat Inspires Chongsu Siblings

Siblings plan to develop their five-acre land at Natabua seaside into an ecotourism spot.
10 Jul 2019 18:08
Prime Minister’s Climate Combat Inspires Chongsu Siblings
Peter Chongsu (left) with sister Annie Chongsu in Lautoka on July 9, 2019. Photo: Nicolette Chambers

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s continuous world advocacy on combating climate change has been admired by the Chongsu siblings in Lautoka.

That admiration has prompted plans to develop the Chongsu family land in Natabua, Lautoka, into an ecotourism spot.

One of the 10 Chongsu siblings, Annie, said the idea came after the siblings saw the work Mr Bainimarama was doing abroad in pushing for our nation to work together in combatting climate change and protecting the environment.

Ms Annie said her 10 siblings were all retired and had a meeting recently to discuss about the project on the land, which had been lying idle for more than 40 years.

“We are planning to do a small ecotourism to help the environment. Action speaks louder than words and that’s why we have to start now,” she said.

“Our Prime Minister went all the way to the United Nations to talk about the environment so we, as a little family want to help him to make people understand that our Prime Minister is doing something for us so we should act.”

She said a clean-up campaign on the five-acre land located near the beach at the Natabua seaside would start today at 10.30am.

“We are also doing this for senior citizens in Lautoka and for the community because they can come and enjoy family time and enjoy the environment,” Ms Annie said.

“I also want to have a nursery, dogo (mangrove) seedlings ready for planting and when everything is in line, I don’t want anything plastic. We need some ladies to come and join us and we will do hats made out of vau, tapa and voivoi and sell them to tourists.”

Ms Chongsu is also encouraging other people to do their own backyard ecotourism.

Edited by Naisa Koroi

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