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Climate change

Brittany Meryl Verma, Lautoka
Monday, October 30, 2017

Congratulations to Miss Nasinu for being selected to represent Fiji at the 2017 Miss Pacific Islands Pageant and for her aim to be an example to Fiji citizens to advocate about climate change.

However, I don't believe that everyone really understands how big a concern climate change is to us Fijians.

It's more than what we see and hear on television and on radio broadcast.

It's out there and it's taking our home away from us.

No one else is responsible for damaging the environment other than ourselves.

We fail to understand that a simple plastic bag can ruin our very existence, now more than ever because it has been flowing out of a cup that has been filled up over hundreds of years and now that it can no longer hold much more, the results are beginning to overflow and what we experience is a harsh climate that is chewing away the planet we call home!

We are so used to hearing topics of discussion regarding climate change and the COP23 and I fear the term has become so familiar and a little too familiar that people do not realise that the impact caused by climate change directly affect each one of us and that this term will not stick around too long for us to hear if our species head towards extinction and ultimately becomes extinct all because of a damaged and changed climate.

We all want to live and enjoy our life's earnings, time with our loved ones, experience new and improved gadgets, own the latest vehicle, have more than a thousand likes on Facebook profile pictures, but we fail to create a possibility for all these aspirations because we fail to prepare, fail to plan and fail to love and care for the environment that houses the things we love.

We fail to love and appreciate the planet that gives us fresh air to breathe, fresh food to consume, shade under a tree, a pristine ocean and the many sights we capture on our smartphones.

It's not something that we're meant to just hear and see on national broadcast. It's a reality that needs our complete attention. One person cannot save the entire planet, unless you're a superhero out of DC Comics.

One person, however, can have a voice for many but ultimately the responsibility and the action must be taken up by all of us.

If anybody wants to support Miss Fiji in her advocacy and actions, then start very first by doing things that will save us from losing our home, our country and our planet as a whole.

Eliminate the use of plastics, cars with harmful emissions and so many other reckless acts.

Just start by learning to love this planet just like a baby who learns to walk!

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