Virtual reality film talks of Fiji’s climate challenge

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.

These were the words of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the launch of the virtual reality film Our Home, Our People, Fiji’s climate change story at the Suva City Carnegie Library on Tuesday.

“Virtual reality really is the best way to bring home the reality of the impact of climate change on the Fijian people,” Mr Bainmarama said.

He said the villages of Barotu in Ra, Namarai, Nabukadra, Vunisavisavi in Cakaudrove featured in the film were some of the villages facing the full brunt of climate change.

“It reminds every Fijian who will see it that we are coming together in our spirit of veilomani, of caring to support each other and confront the climate challenge.”

The film is a storytelling project produced by the Government in partnership with the World Bank, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) — European Union (EU) Natural Disaster Risk Reduction Program.

World Bank’s resident representative for the South Pacific Lasse Melgaard said the story encompassed how Fijians were responding to the impacts of climate change.

EU’s ambassador for the Pacific Julian Wilson added the stories portrayed in the film would connect those around the globe who were facing similar challenges due to climate change.

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