Lead­er­ship Fiji group on clean-up cam­paign

Don’t harm the charm – stash your rub­bish in the bin, par­tic­i­pants urge pub­lic.

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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.

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