Leadership Fiji group on clean-up campaign
Don’t harm the charm – stash your rubbish in the bin, participants urge public.
The Leadership Fiji 2016 (LF 2016) participants went outdoors on a chilly last Sunday to clean up the Suva foreshore. With ‘My Suva Picnic Park’ just along the foreshore, the celebrated family spot is prone to rubbish that is often washed ashore or dumped. To ensure a pristine environment that we can all enjoy, the LF 2016 participants came together at 7am to pick up litter. Some had their children tag along to instil in them the importance of keeping the environment clean.
The initiative is also in line with the Fijian Government’s commitment for a safer and cleaner environment as part of Fiji’s Green Growth framework.
In just over an hour, the team had several garbage bags full of discarded plastic, bottles, and diapers. LF 2016 participant Vishal Kumar said parents and citizens needed to raise their children into becoming environment champions for the betterment of the current and future generation. “We need to bring up our children as role models in the community and lead by example, so that we don’t stand back when people are seen littering in public, but speak out on the impacts of such irresponsible actions on the marine life and environment,” he said. The LF team hopes to expand the clean-up campaign to different areas in days to come. The Suva City Council truck helped the team fetch the bags from the clean-up site and disposing it appropriately. The Leadership Fiji is an initiative aimed specifically at assisting emerging leaders to cope with demands of the ever-changing world so that Fiji reaches its full potential in the widest sense.