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'We need to take action'

Tevita Vuibau
Sunday, May 06, 2012

WHEN Fiji Youth Delegate Kelvin Anthony sets foot on Rio de Janeiro in Brazil next month, he will do so with the aim of bringing the vast global knowledge on climate change back home to Fiji youths.

Anthony, 24, will be Fiji's lone youth ambassador to the World Youth Congress at RIO +20, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

"I see my role as one in which I need to go and learn as much as possible about climate change and bring that knowledge back to share with the youths here," he said.

"Previously, I've seen youths go to conferences and come back with all that they have learnt but nothing comes of it and this is where I would like to make a difference."

Anthony wants to dispel the myth that one needs to be a climate change expert to understand the issue's many facets.

"If somebody really wants to become more proficient in the area of climate change, there are many opportunities like this youth summit out there," he said.

Anthony believes Pacific youths need to take action and empower and educate each other because climate change is a reality. He leaves Fiji on June 2 courtesy of UNICEF.





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