‘Climate to impact islanders’

New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr (left),Head Librarian SCC Maureen Sharif listens to Dr Craig Grant of Otago University during the Far From Frozen showcase at Suva City Library yesterday. Picture: RAMA

THE Otago Museum, in collaboration with the University of Otago, hosted an exhibition yesterday at the Suva City Carnegie Library.

The exhibition showcased some of the research done at Antarctica and the detrimental impacts of climate change that would affect Pacific Islanders.

New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr officiated at the opening of the exhibition and spoke about the importance of climate education and how Pacific Islanders would gradually be affected from the changes.

“What is significant about the ‘Far From Frozen’ showcase is its focus on climate change.

It seeks to engage students, youths and communities about the science behind climate change.

“But it is incumbent upon all of us to equip ourselves with the knowledge and understanding of the global phenomenon that will shape our future existence on the Blue Pacific continent,” said Mr Curr.

“It is also about rearing more resilient Pacific Islanders against climate change,” he said.

Science communicator Sophie Adams said the exhibition would be in Fiji and was expected to be at Rakiraki next week before heading to Lautoka.

“We will be in Fiji for two weeks. We will be going to Rakiraki before heading over to Lautoka,” said Ms Adams.

“So we are basically communicating the research that’s already been done on the ground at Antarctica and how the melting ice is affecting Pacific Islanders in general,” she said.

Given the idea that the showcase mainly focused on educating the Pacific of the grim reality of climate change, Mr Curr said it had been well supported by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

“The NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has supported the showcase with $NZ50,000 ($F69,000) grant from the Public Diplomacy Fund to enable this climate science to be shared with our Pacific,” he said.

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