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'Make an effort'

Torika Tokalau
Saturday, April 19, 2014

NAUSHAD Yakub believes the public should take advantage of weekly public lectures offered by USP's Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development.

Mr Yakub, a postgraduate diploma student of climate change, said the lectures informed people of the effects of climate change in their communities.

He said in the beginning of the European Union Global Climate Change Alliance-funded water project in Seaqaqa, the community was not aware that their water problem was a climate change issue.

"They didn't know what we were talking about and how the issue of climate change has had an effect on their water supply," he said.

"They saw that we were there to provide them with a water supply but our project was also about awareness of issues of climate change to their villages and settlements."

Mr Yakub said there was a need to create more awareness in the media and social networking sites about climate change and its effects on the Pacific.

"When people hear that there's a public lecture or seminar in USP, they think that only the professors will be there and they feel they are not good enough to attend.

"But really, these seminars and lectures are for the people, right from the very grassroots level, because we want these issues of climate change to be filtered to the people so they can be made aware and take relevant steps into the fight against climate change.

"Make an effort to learn about climate change because the Pacific and the communities that you live in are the most vulnerable."

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