The Otago Museum team from New Zealand believes that climate change is real in Fiji and are in the country to support Fiji’s fight against climate change by spreading public education on the impacts of climate change.
The Otago Museum team will be engaging with school students, youths and the whole community in Fiji on the science behind climate change in a manner that is accessible, interactive and fun.
While speaking at the Otago Museum team’s climate change exhibition-'Far From Frozen' launch ceremony at the Suva City Library today , New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, Jonathan Curr says this is one part of New Zealand’s wider commitment in responding to climate change and partnering with Pacific Island countries to do so.
The Otago Museum team will be in Fiji for 2 weeks of which the next four days they will be in Suva and will then travel from Rakiraki to Lautoka to showcase the “Far From Frozen” climate change exhibition.
Curr says there is need for individuals, families, communities and the nation as a whole to make sense of what climate change means and science education is the key to empower people respond to it.
He says the goal is to make the Pacific Island countries more resilient to climate change which advocates for a strong and effective global response.
The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has supported the Otago Museum team with NZ $50,000 grant to enable them to share knowledge of climate change science with the Pacific Island neighbours.