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Contest Promotes Fight Against Climate Change

Minister for Environment Mahendra Reddy is encouraging Fijians to participate in the Ozone2Climate Art Contest which was launched yesterday. This is to commemorate World Ozone Day. Mr Reddy said the
17 Sep 2021 10:31
Contest Promotes Fight Against Climate Change
From left: Mechanical Services General manager Shonal Sharma, Minister of Enviroment Mahendra Reddy and Director for Environment Sandeep Singh at Walu Bay in Suva on September 16 2021. Photo: Leon Lord

Minister for Environment Mahendra Reddy is encouraging Fijians to participate in the Ozone2Climate Art Contest which was launched yesterday.

This is to commemorate World Ozone Day.

Mr Reddy said the ozone layer was important because it filters most of the sun’s harmful UV radiation and is therefore crucial to life on Earth.

“The art contest is initiated to promote linkages of the ozone layer in climate change protection, as well as achievements,” Mr Reddy said.

“It is also to mobilise public support on the complete phase-out of ozone-depleting substances and the phase down of greenhouse gases, such as HFCs.

“The contest is in two phases. The first phase will be the ACF SBQ ozone to climate art contest, the national level.

“The national village will then enter the regional contests, which will be the second phase of the contest.

“The artwork contest is split into three categories, the photographic context contest, drawing contest. The graphic design contest. The artwork contest is open to the public, and I encourage our children and youth to participate,” he said.

“The contest is an opportunity for all art lovers to utilise their artistic and creative talents and enhance the knowledge of ozone and plan.

“I now have the pleasure to officially launch the Asia Pacific Regional art contest of 82 spread the message about combating climate change in a good way. I encourage you all to join hence, be aware ambassadors in fighting climate change, with an attitude of safeguarding the ozone layer for us, and the future generations.”

 

Montreal Protocol

Mr Reddy said the Ministry of Environment was the focal point for the Montreal Protocol has been able to meet targets set by the protocol in phasing out the ozone-depleting substances hydrofluorocarbons.

“The department environment notes that last year PG reducing its HCFC consumption by 35 per cent in further targets reduced by 67.5 per cent, by the end of this year,” he said.

“The ministry is conducting training for the RSC sector to phase out HFCs and launching the ACSB ozone to climate, our contest for Fiji, the Asia Pacific Regional ozone, two climate art contest is being launched with the support of the unit, in consultation with UNESCO Bangkok office to raise public awareness on the Montreux protocol. The Kigali amendment.”

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