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Climate change awareness at annual festival

Nanise Loanakadavu
Wednesday, August 22, 2012

THERE is an increasing demand to raise awareness of climate change issues.

And the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation has taken the climate change message direct to the public at the week-long Hibiscus Festival in Suva.

Foreign Affairs permanent secretary Saipora Mataikabara said the adverse impact of climate change such as rainfall leading to frequent flooding, seawater inundation of villages, cultural sites, salt water intrusion and the increase in pests and diseases such as diarrhoea and typhoid were no longer myths in most communities.

Ms Mataikabara said government and its non-government organisation development partners were implementing programs at community level to help people adapt to the impact of climate change.

"During the one-week awareness, printed material will be displayed and related videos will be played for public viewing," she said.

Officers will conduct short quizzes for which there will be prizes and other activities will include surveys that the public can take part in.

Members of the public are encouraged to visit the ministry's awareness booth at Albert Park.

"We encourage people of all ages and walks of life to visit our booth. Staff of the Climate Change Unit will be present at all times during opening hours to assist members of the public," she said.