PM: Bain­i­marama at Cli­mate Sum­mit: Take the Knowl­edge, Move to Ac­tion

'WHEN WE DO, WE WILL HAVE NOT ONLY AR­RESTED CLI­MATE CHANGE. WE WILL HAVE SAVED OUR OCEANS AS WELL'

Fiji Sun - - Nation - MAIKA BOLATIKI Edited by Ranoba Baoa

Prime Min­is­ter Voreqe Bain­i­marama gave yet an­other im­pas­sioned speech when he ad­dressed global lead­ers and cli­mate rep­re­sen­ta­tives from around the world in Cal­i­for­nia, United States on Thurs­day.

Mr Bain­i­marama was speak­ing at the Global Cli­mate Ac­tion Sum­mit on Ocean Lead­er­ship Di­a­logue in, Sausal­ito. “With cli­mate change and a warm­ing ocean, the storms we face are get­ting stronger and stronger,” Mr Bain­i­marama said. “They also may be get­ting larger, and we have now seen sev­eral cases of storms mov­ing very slowly and drop­ping un­heard-of amounts of rain. In the Pa­cific, we can­not sit by and watch the sea take our ter­ri­tory and drown our man­groves and atolls. “We can’t sit by and watch our co­ral reefs dis­ap­pear and the fish we have de­pended on mi­grate to more com­fort­able wa­ters. “And we refuse to sit ex­posed and de­fence­less be­fore Cat­e­gory 5 cy­clones any more. We are tak­ing steps to pro­tect our­selves. “Let us not hold back, not one ounce of en­ergy.

“We must take the knowl­edge we have and move to ac­tion, and we must con­tinue to do this as we learn more and more—more knowl­edge lead­ing to more ac­tion. “When we do, we will have not only ar­rested cli­mate change. We will have saved our oceans as well.” Feed­back: maikab@fi­jisun.com.fj

With cli­mate change and a warm­ing ocean, the storms we face are get­ting stronger and stronger. In the Pa­cific, we can­not sit by and watch the sea take our ter­ri­tory and drown our man­groves and atolls. We are tak­ing steps to pro­tect our­selves. Let us not hold back, not one ounce of en­ergy. Voreqe Bain­i­marama Prime Min­is­ter

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