Fo­cus on trees to counter cli­mate change in North

Fiji Sun - - Climate Change Week - AFA KAUMAITOTOYA LABASA Edited by Kar­alaini Waqanidrola Feed­back: afa.kaumaitotoya@fi­jisun.com.fj

The Na­tional Cli­mate Change Week’s mes­sage at Katono­vere Ground, in Labasa yes­ter­day was sim­ple, it was, ‘Trees, plant more trees’. De­part­ment of Forestry Labasa of­fi­cer Uwate Vu­ravakavonu said trees help re­duce heat that results from car­bon emis­sion.

“We have plants, this pro­gramme is aimed at ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple on the im­por­tance of plant­ing trees and their role in cli­mate change,” Mr Vu­ravakavonu said.

The Com­mis­sioner North­ern’s ini­tia­tive sup­ports a week al­lo­cated for non-gov­ern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions, pri­vate sec­tors and gov­ern­ment agen­cies to come to­gether to cre­ate aware­ness on cli­mate change from their dif­fer­ent work per­spec­tives and in sup­port of the Na­tional Cli­mate Change week pro­gramme. Em­power Pa­cific health screen­ing coun­sel­lor for Labasa Inoke Drauna said this was a good ini­tia­tive con­ducted by or­gan­is­ers of the event from the Com­mis­sioner North­ern of­fice for the peo­ple of Labasa. “This helps us to boost our un­der­stand­ing on the need to be aware about the dev­as­tat­ing ef­fect of cli­mate change,” Mr Drauna said.

Photo: Afa Kaumaitotoya

Staff mem­bers of the World Wide Fund for Na­ture dur­ing the Na­tional Cli­mate Change Week at Ka­toni­vere Ground in Labasa on Septem­ber 26, 2017.

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