“We all know that our future is at risk, we know what is at stake, and we all know that decisive action needs to be taken to avert this climate crisis.”
This was highlighted by the Acting Prime Minister and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed‑Khaiyum while speaking at the launch of the National Climate Change Week in Suva today.
Quoting from the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Sayed Khaiyum says the world looks to us as Fijians, as Pacific Islanders and as climate vulnerable people and to be the fiercest defenders of this planet's future.
He says it falls to us, those who live on the frontlines of climate change, to jolt the industrialized world into action and make decisive cuts in harmful carbon emissions.
Sayed-Khaiyum says that it is our stories and struggles that the Prime Minister takes with him to inspire action in the industrialized world.
He says that the Prime Minister is in New York speaking directly to the world leaders on the importance of climate change as part of his work to build a green cohesion on climate action that we will lead on into Born.
Sayed Khaiyum says the Prime Minister cannot do it alone as he needs our help, support and prayers.
He says that is what the national climate change week is about and that begins today with the national weekend of prayer for our COP Presidency in churches, mosque and temples.
The Acting Prime Minister says all across Fiji, communities are watching the land they called home for generations be washed away by the rising seas and farmers are watching their crops wither and die as seawater encroaches their land and spoils their soil.
He says the next nine days will be filled with activities being organised by government agencies, schools, business houses, faith based organisations, academic institutions and NGOs in all four divisions around the country.