PM calls on world leaders to wake up
September 24, 2019 7:31 am
Fiji is among the many countries that are using the Climate Action Summit currently underway in New York to demonstrate their commitments to creating a resilient future.
Addressing the session on Towards a Resilient Future in New York, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says Fiji knows what must be done as the brutality of our changing climate has already driven vulnerable communities into nightmare scenarios.
Bainimarama says even if countries limit the temperature rise through the 1.5 degree target without urgent adaptation, our suffering will go for generation and claim more innocent lives.
According to Bainimarama, Fiji has submitted its long term strategy to achieve net zero emission before 2050, nearing completion of the enhanced National Determined Contribution and striving to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030.
In addition, the Prime Minister told the Summit that Fiji is relocating climate vulnerable communities, finding ways to reduce emissions from public transport and shipping, promote climate resilient agriculture and finding nature based solutions to protecting our forest, mangroves and riverbanks.
Bainimarama also highlighted that Fiji has a new climate change law that is now undergoing public consultation, is working towards achieving 100 percent sustainable management of EEZ by 2030 and has placed a 10 year moratorium on seabed mining.
_“Why a tiny carbon emitter such as ourselves are taking such drastic actions? The answer is simple. While Fiji did not cause the climate crisis. We are fully awake to its reality. Someone must have clear eyes for purpose and resolve. Someone must clear path for others to follow. If we fail or if we falter, our children and grandchildren will have no path at all.”_
Bainimarama also took the opportunity to support the call from youth leaders and asked other government leaders to wake up.