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Contestants talk effects

Mere Naleba
Sunday, April 06, 2014

CLIMATE change is not only affecting countries overseas but also islands in Fiji that are now experiencing rising in sea level because of the effect

The Hibiscus Events Group this year has started auditions for the Hibiscus Festival scheduled for August with those entering the auditions being asked to talk briefly on climate change as the theme this year is "Climate Change Affecting Human Lives".

The festival, through the partnership of the Fiji School of Medicine and the Health Ministry, will also use the platform to discuss issues regarding climate change leading to non-communicable diseases.

"This year the committee and the contestants will advocate on the theme that has and will continue to affect our home, our Pacific, our world with Climate Change — Affecting Human Lives," said events chairman Hirdesh Prasad.

"The 2014 Vodafone Hibiscus Festival hopes to create this awareness since climate change has already affected agriculture, human health, ecosystems, water supplies and people's livelihoods. The effects are experienced from the tropics to the poles, from our small Pacific Islands to the larger continents as well as the wealthiest nations to the poorest one."

He said the challenges many faced daily was trying to improve local and global health, and to control NCDs and promote the protection of people from the effects of climate change.

"This is the message that the Hibiscus committee wants to take to the nation in this year's festival and we can only achieve it if we work in collaboration with the Ministry of Health," he said.

Auditions for the festival had started and will continue on the next two Saturdays.

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