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Human greed

Timoci Vula
Monday, September 17, 2012

Consumption patterns driven by greed have led to the abuse of nature.

With all the grave social, economic and environmental problems facing the world, it shows that human beings have violated the laws of nature.

And these they have done with impunity and have failed to protect God's creation, says head of the Catholic Church in Fiji Archbishop Petero Mataca in the church's submission to the Constitution Commission.

"We have not learned the lesson that the problems confronting the world are a result of our lack of good stewardship, placing, instead, our economic and financial considerations above environment issues," Archbishop Mataca said.

"We are destroying the basis of our lives for a pittance and not taking counsel from the Biblical statement," he said.

Archbishop Mataca said the "misplaced priorities" had been worsened by the fact that politicians had been voted to power not on the basis of how they would protect our already fragile environment, but by their development programs in pursuit of economic growth, irrespective of whether those so-called development programs would worsen environmental destruction.

"In the process, we have not had development in its true sense but exacerbate environmental destruction," he said.

Archbishop Mataca said political party manifestos therefore, must not be merely decorated with a few sentences on the environment but firm commitments must be articulated on how they would help, through regulations, to strengthen the existing Environment Management Act and the mainstreaming of the Act into all aspects of Fiji's development plans.