Seruiratu re­veals plan for na­tional cli­mate week

Fiji Sun - - Nation - SHEL­DON CHANEL Edited by Kar­alaini Waqanidrola Feed­back: shel­don.chanel@fi­jisun.com. fj

De­spite an Op­po­si­tion Par­lia­men­tar­ian la­belling cli­mate change a “hoax” on Tues­day, Fiji’s Cli­mate Cham­pion has an­nounced plans for the Na­tional Cli­mate Week which starts next Fri­day, Septem­ber 22, in Suva.

Events dur­ing the Na­tional Cli­mate Change Week will be con­ducted around top­ics like cli­mate mit­i­ga­tion, coastal pro­tec­tion, pre­serv­ing forestry, food se­cu­rity and other ed­u­ca­tional seg­ments.

It will end with a march through Suva City Septem­ber 30 at Al­bert Park with the clos­ing for­mal­i­ties by the Prime Min­is­ter and in­com­ing COP23 pres­i­dent, Voreqe Bain­i­marama.

Shadow Min­ster for Jus­tice and At­tor­ney-Gen­eral Semesa Kar­avaki dur­ing Par­lia­men­tary dis­cus­sions had said cli­mate change was a hoax and that “God is still in to­tal con­trol over na­ture.”

How­ever, Min­is­ter for Agri­cul­ture, Ru­ral and Mar­itime De­vel­op­ment and Na­tional Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment Inia Seruiratu said: “Ev­ery­body here has their own opinion on this but we just have to look at how this is af­fect­ing us so we draw all our con­clu­sions from that and that’s sim­ply the an­swer.” He also said: “Cli­mate change is a harsh re­al­ity we all have to deal with.

“Fiji is tak­ing the lead go­ing into COP23 (Con­fer­ence of Par­ties) and we need to be suc­cess­ful.

“This is­sue is a mat­ter of life and death for cli­mate-vul­ner­a­ble na­tions, and our suc­cess­ful pres­i­dency will pave the way for the other small is­lands states to take on this re­spon­si­bil­ity down the track. “Cli­mate change af­fects every­one on earth; there­fore every­one needs to take ac­tion.

“All Fi­jians are en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate in rais­ing aware­ness and tak­ing ac­tions to help re­duce their car­bon foot­print.

“Here at home we have to live out the ex­pec­ta­tions that we are ask­ing from the rest of the world. “Fiji’s COP23 pres­i­dency is a pres­i­dency for every Fi­jian, every Pa­cific Is­lan­der and every global cit­i­zen.

“It is vi­tal that we bring the voices of the Fi­jian peo­ple to the fore­front of our pres­i­dency.”

He said all Fi­jians could be cli­mate cham­pi­ons by mak­ing small changes in their day-to-day lives.

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