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Climate change is our number one issue: PM

July 3, 2017 6:27 pm

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the fight against climate change remains the number one issue for Fiji and the entire Pacific region.

Bainimarama says the impact of global warming is getting serious every day and the latest scientific information is highly alarming.

“This is not someone else’s problem. It is our problem. There are predictions that with the melting of the ice in Polar Regions, the sea could be as much as 7 meters higher. Which would put much of Suva under water, along with 80 percent of the world’s capitals that are also coastal cities. So the urgency of dealing with this cannot be overstated. I have to say I get a bit frustrated with some small-minded people in Fiji who ask why I am spending so much time on COP when we have other issues to deal with in Fiji. My simple response is that nothing else will matter in least if can’t secure our future in the face of climate change.”

Bainimarama was speaking at the launch of the solar energy project for Coca-Cola in Nasinu yesterday.