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Mere Naleba
Monday, March 05, 2018

THE senior bishop and principal leader of the Church of England, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has vowed that the church will continue to seek to work and influence policy makers on climate change issues.

The head of the worldwide Anglican Communion was in Fiji for the first time last week for the church's Oceania fono which was the annual gathering of the region's archbishops.

The fono ended yesterday with climate change being discussed at great lengths between the Pacific church leaders.

Archbishop Welby said witnessing Fiji being surrounded by the ocean made him realise why the fight against climate change was important not only for Fiji but all Pacific Island nations.

"I am deeply concerned about climate change, I had not realised that every person living on this island is so deeply committed to this, to the need to take action. I hope that its (Fiji) citizens will rejoice in Fiji taking a leading role in the world in making a difference around the world," Archbishop Welby said.

He said the church supported Fiji greatly and all other Pacific nations experiencing the effects of climate change and they would continue to seek to work and influence policy makers on climate change issues.

"There was a great deal of discussion on climate change and how the church works on that and particularly how it works from the grassroots right up to the global level."

Archbishop Welby, who is the 105th archbishop of Cantebury, yesterday encouraged church members to lead the change in their communities.

He also thanked the Government for the leading role it played at the 23rd Conference of Parties in Bonn, Germany last year.

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