Drasa In­stalls LED Lights, Bans Plas­tic Bags in School to Ad­vo­cate Cli­mate Ac­tion

Fiji Sun - - Climate Change Week - KATHRIN KR­ISHNA LAU­TOKA Edited by Kar­alaini Waqanidrola Feed­back: kathrin.kr­ishna@fi­jisun.com.fj

Drasa Sec­ondary School is re­plac­ing all tube lights within its premises with LED (light emit­ting diodes) lights and ban­ning the use of plas­tic bags in school.

Vice-prin­ci­pal San­jeet Singh said in do­ing so is in­dica­tive of the school’s stance on cli­mate change. “Cli­mate change starts from us as in­di­vid­u­als, then to our homes, our com­mu­ni­ties and then out­wards,” Mr Singh said. “Re­plac­ing tube lights with LED lights and ban­ning the use of plas­tic bags in school is prac­ti­cal,” he said.

“They are sim­ple prac­ti­cal things the whole school can take care from and en­cour­age oth­ers to do as part of cli­mate change aware­ness.”

Chief guest at the school yes­ter­day for their Cli­mate Change Week pro­gramme, Univer­sity of Fiji lec­turer Rigi­eta Lord said the theme ‘Creat­ing a cul­ture of pre­pared­ness safety and re­silience in my com­mu­nity’ was very timely.

“Fiji is highly vul­ner­a­ble to the ef­fects of cli­mate change and the un­sus­tain­able ex­ploita­tion of the oceans,” Ms Lord said.

“As a small is­land de­vel­op­ing state, Fiji feels very keenly the neg­a­tive ef­fects of cli­mate change, in­clud­ing un­pre­dictable storms of ex­treme in­ten­sity, such as Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Win­ston,” she said.

Ms Lord added that sea level rise has caused a num­ber of vil­lages in Fiji to re­lo­cate and the is­sues of cli­mate change needs to be ad­dressed. She urged stu­dents to share cli­mate change is­sues with their par­ents, sib­lings and com­mu­nity at large as it was af­fect­ing our na­tion and neigh­bor­ing Pa­cific Is­land coun­tries.

She also said the Con­fer­ence of Par­ties (COP23) will be held in Bonn Ger­many from Novem­ber 6-17. Our Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama is the pres­i­dent of COP23

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