Government calls Opposition to work together on climate issues
April 1, 2019 7:55 am
The government has yet again taken a swipe at the opposition for their lack of urgency and action to mitigate the efforts of climate change.
Minister responsible for Climate Change, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is appalled with the opposition’s view regarding the country’s efforts made so far to challenge this disaster.
Sayed-Khaiyum says it must be a locative national effort when it comes to actions against climate change, however, the government claims the opposition is lacking behind.
“We need to anticipate these things, we need to be strategic about these things, and we must have forward-looking plans. Of course, if we don’t react to it like some politicians who think climate change is a joke or even some who say not go overseas and talk about these issues and grow connectives – that is quite silly. We need to be able to connect with international communities, draw synergies’ and gain development assistance.”
Opposition’s spokesperson on Climate Change, Lynda Tabuya rebuttals the Minister’s comments stating this is a new opposition.
“I don’t know why he would have said that. We are a new Opposition as the Election took place in 2018. We are just recently constituted and we do take climate change seriously because it is not a joke.”
Tabuya says it is singing the same song as the government and wants to work together.
“As Opposition, we contend that it is no longer an issue for government or opposition but it’s together that we need to look at the effects of climate change and battle it together. We are no longer accountable to the half the population that voted us in but to the entire nation.”
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister is also calling on every citizen of this globe to act now as the onus rests on us.