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Climate change challenge

Frederica Elbourne
Saturday, September 24, 2011

ADDRESSING and adjusting to the challenge of climate change is the defining feature of the future of today's youth, says Moving Planet 350 Fiji project survival Pacific media engagement director Krishneil Narayan.

Mr Narayan's comment comes on the eve of Moving Planet's "day of action" when countries all over the world unite in solidarity against the threat of the global phenomenon of climate change, the organisation said in a statement.

Mr Narayan said the world was way too dependent on fossil fuels which in turn caused major carbon emission responsible for global warming.

Pacific youths, he said, need to make a stand and they need to make it now.

"It is time we get moving towards a renewable energy future and towards a more sustainable place to live in. It is time for people to get this planet moving towards a better, cleaner, and safer future."

Mr Narayan said Fiji had not been spared the impact of climate change as witnessed in the eroding coast of Uruone and Narocivo villages in Lomaloma, Vanuabalavu in the Lau Group.

"People in all sectors of the community must realise that climate change is real," he said, adding people must be educated on issues related to climate change.

"When speaking of future generations, we are in fact referring to the current generation of children and youth and I urge young people who truly care for their future to get up and act.

"Speak against climate change, talk to your families, community members, your elders and your government.

"You are neither wrong nor alone to ask for a better planet to live in."