IN an effort to preserve the natural environment on Rotuma, the Laje Rotuma Initiative group set up an awareness booth at the Rotuma Day celebrations in Ahau.
Laje Rotuma Initiative's Rupeti Vafo'ou said they hoped to shed light on climate change and its impact on the islanders and their livelihood while emphasising the need to preserve their unique biodiversity.
"We had pictures of our previous workshops and community outreach programs to advocate for the maintenance and preservation of our natural environment," he told The Fiji Times.
"We work closely with the community with our preservation programs, and so far the interest has been overwhelming.
Mr Vafo'ou said the children were very eager to see pictures of the environment. "We gave them some activities to do like colouring images related to the environment and eco-friendly story books," he said.
The group also attracted the little ones through their face-painting activity throughout the day. Early in the week, Laje Rotuma organised a community workshop on climate change and the impact of tourism on the island.
Community members voiced their opinion on the issues they felt were sensitive to their culture and livelihood.