Seruiratu reveals plan for national climate week
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.