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Mixed views on climate change

Aqela Susu
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

AS Government rallies the support of global leaders ahead of its presidency at the much-anticipated COP23 meeting in Bonn, Germany, in November, Opposition parliamentarian Viliame Gavoka told Parliament on Monday that the US President Donald Trump knew his Bible when he pulled out of the Paris Agreement.

The Trump administration withdrew from the Paris Agreement in February this year.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama had earlier said their withdrawal would be a struggle that was far from over for vulnerable nations across the world.

While responding to President Jioji Konrote's opening address in Parliament on Monday, Mr Gavoka said climate change was real and it was happening right before the eyes of mankind.

"But, perhaps President Trump knows his Bible and that the effects of climate change are irreversible," he said.

Mr Gavoka claimed the issue of climate change was biblical.

"The 'Isaiah's Apocalypse' tells exactly of what the planet is going through today but can only be reversed if mankind do what is right in the eyes of the Lord, he claimed.

"Let's have the type of leadership that we all know the Lord wants, those qualities and standards dictated by our faith which we all know about."

While also speaking on Fiji's COP23 presidency, Opposition parliamentarian Semesa Karavaki told Parliament on Monday that the world was destined for total destruction.

And Fiji's only choice, he said, was to re-examine its position and return to God. Mr Karavaki claimed climate change was a hoax.

"When we talk about climate change, we must always know that God is in total control over nature," he said.

"While the world is seeking answers to the rise in sea level, we have chosen to team up with the world in seeking solutions that do not exist.

"Climate change is a hoax! This is all in God's doing and God's power; when he wants a storm he raises the wind," he said.

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