Fiji launches climate change virtual reality project

COP23 president and Fijian PM Voreqe Bainimarama with students of Yat Sen Primary School and St Annes Primary School at the launch of 'Our Home, Our people - Fiji's Climate Change Story in Virtual Reality' in Suva today. Picture: JONA KONATACI

COP23 president and Fijian PM Voreqe Bainimarama with students of Yat Sen Primary School and St Annes Primary School at the launch of 'Our Home, Our people - Fiji's Climate Change Story in Virtual Reality' in Suva today. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Update: 2:17PM FIJIANS are now at a constant level of threat from extreme weather events that become more frequent and more severe because of climate change.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama relayed this today at the launch of ‘Our Home, Our people – Fiji’s Climate Change Story in Virtual Reality’ project.

The production of the film was conducted in the villages of Nabukadra, Vunisavisavi, Barotu, and Namarai whom like many Pacific Island countries are facing the full brunt of impacts on climate change. 

Mr Bainimarama said virtual reality was an adequate way to fully portray the impacts of climate change. 

“Virtual reality really is the best way to bring home the reality of the impact of climate change on the Fijian people – a 360-degree experience that is unlike anything else you will have ever seen,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“Getting people to be more aware of the climate threat is a vital part of our nation’s education, which is why the Fijian launch today of the virtual reality film – Our Home, Our People – is so important.”

‘Our home, Our people’ will be screening at the Suva City Library from April 3-14. 

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