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Work together to keep Fiji Clean

- LOSIRENE LACANIVALU Feedback: losirene.lacanivalu@fijisun.com.fj

In the Northern Division, cane farms, cassava plantation­s and river banks are filled with rubbish. It is quiet common in the North especially in areas outside the town boundary as rubbish collection is only done for those living in the town areas.

Walking up to people living in areas such as Colo-i-Suva, Davuilevu Housing, Caubati and Vatuwaqa in the greater Suva suburbs and raising questions on the rubbish that are being thrown on the road side paints a negative image on how we are keeping our nation clean.

While the Fijian Government continues to work towards the future of all Pacific Islands, Fijians are calling on one another to focus on keeping Fiji clean.

For the past couple of weeks the Fiji Sun focused on something which we thought would be a challenge. Interviewi­ng people was indeed a challenge. Trying to end the rubbish of our country.

Walking up to people living in areas such as Colo-iSuva, Davuilevu Housing, Caubati and Vatuwaqa in the greater Suva suburbs and raising questions on the rubbish that are being thrown on the roadside paints a negative image on how we are keeping our nation clean.

Concerns are raised on what the municipali­ty councils are doing? Why do people litter other people’s compounds and surroundin­gs? How can we fight climate change on the global arena when our very own people are not considerat­e about the environmen­t? In the Northern Division, cane farms, cassava plantation­s and river banks are filled with rubbish.

It is quite common in the North especially in areas outside the town boundary as rubbish collection is only done for those living in the town areas.

Those outside the town area must either burn or bury their rubbish but then this is also not good for the environmen­t or one’s health.

Savusavu and Labasa Town Councils should, perhaps, consider extending their respective town boundaries.

Nabouwalu and Seaqaqa are yet to be completed and will be townships with landfills planned for the two areas.

In Nadi, Wailoaloa beach is a popular area where people are dumping used baby diapers. The question still remains on who is dumping baby diapers on our beautiful sandy beaches and what should be done about it? What is the solution to all these littering problems? Yesterday, the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimaram­a at the opening of the Climate Action Pacific Partnershi­p event in Suva said; all Pacific Islands are facing an unpreceden­ted threat to our way of life from the rising sea levels, extreme weather events and changes to agricultur­e brought about by climate change. Questioned on why our Fijian PM is saying this he responded: “We are fighting for our very survival. For all we hold dear. For all that God has given us and has been entrusted to us by our forebears to care for and pass on to generation­s to come.”

He said “we are not pointing our fingers at the rest of the world and saying ‘it is your responsibi­lity to solve this problem’.

“We recognise that it is the collective responsibi­lity of every global citizen to contribute to a solution.”

So it is not only the responsibi­lity of our Fijian Government to take Fiji and the rest of our Pacific Islands nations to the global arena, voicing our concerns on climate change, Fijians can also rise up and start by not littering, start by keeping our oceans, rivers and streams clean, start by giving ideas and showing one another how much we care about our environmen­t. Before you throw that rubbish out the window, think twice. Keep Fiji clean for our future generation­s.

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