Each lump of coal represents a nail in our coffins - Rev. Bhagwan

Each lump of coal represents a nail in our coffins - Rev. Bhagwan

By Semi Turaga
Tuesday 10/12/2019

The General Secretary for the Pacific Conference of Churches has told Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison that the coal industry is killing the Pacific region.

Climate advocate Reverend James Bhagwan made the remarks at a panel discussion at the COP25 climate conference in Madrid, Spain.

Bhagwan says as much as he loves Morrison as a Christian brother, each lump of coal represents a nail in our coffins and to our crosses.

Without singling Australia out Bhagwan used the biblical story of the good Samaritan to describe the role of some actors in the region, who claim “they are part of the Pacific family but leave us lying, bleeding, dying on the side of the road.”

Bhagwan says when Pacific nations were facing obliteration they are hearing words like ‘come and pick our fruit’.

He says that’s not very loving as a neighbour referring to comments by Australian Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.

Earlier this year, McCormack trivialised the plight of Pacific islanders by suggesting that even if their homes were swallowed up by rising sea levels, Pacific people would survive because they could come to Australia to work in the agricultural sector as fruit pickers.

High Level Press Conference: Not without my neighbour (HL) (Tuvalu Climate Action Network (TUCAN), Oxfam and Greenpeace) from SPREP IT on Vimeo.



Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
IN DEPTH
2022 Coca-Cola Games
Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association General Secretary, Vuli Waqa says they are expecting around 2,500 athletes from 135 schools to participate in this year’s Fiji Finals.
1 day ago

Commonwealth Games 2022
98 athletes carry the hopes of the nation to the 2022 Commonwealth Games
8 days ago

2022-2023 National Budget Debate
The 2022/2023 National Budget Debate full coverage.
15 days ago
FEATURE NEWS
People's Alliance removes Liliana Warid’s post
Following enquiries by the Supervisor of Elections in relation to a Facebook post that potentially breached Section 116 of the Electoral Act, the Peop...
23 minutes ago
LATEST NEWS
FNU to embark on engineering projects following MOU signing with iMGINE Engineering & Technologies Ltd
The Fiji National University will embark on engineering projects in the areas of finance, health, automation of transportation and maritime systems, ...
4 hours ago

4 districts to benefit from new Wainikoro Government Station
More than 800 farmers in four districts of Macuata will benefit from the new Wainikoro Government Station in Nadogo. While opening the station, ...
4 hours ago

13 complaints made against surveyors, some of them took thousands of dollars
13 complaints have been made against surveyors with a monetary value of $36,000 in the last 6 months, according to the Consumer Council of ...
4 hours ago

Programs like Recycling On the Go Ambassadors and Student Environment Ambassadors should be encouraged with youths across the country and the region - Deo
Waste Recyclers Fiji Limited Director/CEO and Pacific Recycling Foundation Founder Amitesh Deo says while the International Youth Day festivities ...
18 hours ago

Bala issues stern warning that infidelity will not be tolerated
Minister for Employment, Parveen Bala has issued a stern warning to the 198 Fijian workers preparing to leave for the Pacific Australian Labour ...
19 hours ago

TOP