Climate change song

Archbishop Peter Loy Chong speaking to guests at the Sacred Heart Cathedral on Saturday night after the launch of the climate change song which was sung by the Archdiocese Music Ministry Choir led by the Sacred Heart Cathedral music directors. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

WHILE larger nations are the bigger contributors towards the devastating impacts of climate change, the smaller Pacific Island nations are also responsible for the destruction of the environment.

This was mentioned by the Head of the Catholic Church in Fiji, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong, after launching a climate change song for Catholic churches around Fiji and the Pacific titled Climate Change Victims Lament at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva on Saturday.

Mr Loy Chong said he composed the lyrics in one night while attending an event in Germany, relating to a climate change letter by the Pope.

“The song really comes out of this intense engagement with people from all over the world church and funding agencies about climate change in Fiji and so after two weeks of doing this, my head was just full of climate change and how we as Pacific Islanders can engage with this,” he said.

“The chorus is about the call for island nations to raise our voices to the world and my observation is that the voice of the island nation in its purity has not yet really reached the world and to disturb the world and interrupt the world and tell them what actual experience island nations are going through.”

He said it was vital for Pacific Islanders to speak out and raise our voices on the effects of climate change.

“One other way we want to share this message is through art, whether it is — poetry, dances; these are powerful ways of communicating and they communicate in a more powerful way than mere scientific words.”

He added for the month of September, the Catholic churches around Fiji would focus on the season of creation.

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