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Fred Wesley
Thursday, November 09, 2017

Assistant Minister for Local Government Lorna Eden made an interesting point yesterday in Bonn, Germany.

She believes the solutions for climate change impact for one side of the world can be present in another smaller part of the world, and this can become more apparent through sharing enabled by talanoa.

Exchanging solutions between the different regions of the world begins with sharing, she said.

The key is discussion, it seems, and talking about issues that affect us.

In the face of that notion sits the issue of whether world leaders would draw on the humanitarian card on climate change as we embrace COP23 in Bonn.

When faced with a global situation that is eating away chunks of land, and destroying the way of life of many people in our region, we hope world leaders would act on the side of caution.

Thousands of people are affected in many parts of the world albeit in different ways.

We have said this before. You would be seen to be considerate. You would be seen to be human if you were, considerably, or to a certain extent impacted by the conditions those affected face or live under.

Thousands of people in our region are greatly impacted by a scenario that is real.

Villagers in some parts of Fiji have been forced to move inland. The sea has washed up the beaches and strayed right up to their doorsteps.

Over the years, they have seen it reach further inland. We live in a region known for its sunny days, swaying palm trees and clear blue waters washing up white sandy beaches.

The picturesque scenes are to live for. They are the epitome of the dream holiday. They provide that vital edge that tourists dream of.

As palm trees sway in the distance, and clear waters run up the beach, villagers in affected areas are noticing how far the water line has moved up.

The years have been a silent killer, eating up chunks of beautiful coastline.

This is what our leaders have to contend with in Bonn.

Economic considerations are heavy and world leaders would be mulling over that alongside the concerns of the affected.

COP23 is not going to be a stroll in the park.

This is a platform where the impact of our reality must be heard.

Will world leaders be sincere and be considerate of our plight?

Many have made bold statements.

Do they have the guts to make a stand though?

We need much more than just talk. We need action to ensure emissions are reduced globally.

The last thing affected people want to see is a public relations campaign.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama once said this is a crucial moment in global history.

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