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Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has urged every, city and community to join Fiji in achieving net-zero by 2050.
Speaking at the opening of the Tenth World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi, PM Bainimarama said Fiji is committed to be carbon neutral in another three decades time.
“Whether you are a Fijian living in our capital, Suva, an Emirati in Abu Dhabi, or any of the 4.2 billion people who call cities home, our futures are all intertwined. Ultimately, I believe we can build sustainable cities because I believe in human cooperation, ingenuity, and resilience,” PM Bainimarama said.
PM Baimimarama has also called devastating consequences of climate change as ‘a global emergency’
“That effort will be led by a new recognition that people’s healthiest, safest, and most prosperous outcomes are only possible in a carbon-neutral world. May we go into this World Urban Forum embracing this recognition as critical for our cities, for our people, and for our future,” said PM Bainimarama.
Meanwhile, there’s a special place that our Pacific heritage has had in shaping our perspective, and that deep-seated cultural influence has fueled our urgency in combating climate change.
These words of the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama during a Special Session on Urban Culture And Climate Change Action in Abu Dhabi.
"In Fiji, we’ve embraced innovation to combat climate change and adapt to withstand its impacts," PM said.
With the theme “connecting culture and innovation”, Prime Minster Bainimarama said solutions to some of the existing problems such as climate change can be found in our roots, history and heritage.
"Abundance has been replaced by scarcity, and as a result, the once-self-regulating nature of fishing has been replaced by a more short-sighted quest for commercial gain."
Prime Minister Bainimarama said we need rehabilitate that harmony through restorative measures like replanting mangroves on our coastlines or vetiver grass on our riverbeds, or on a larger scale, engaging in carbon markets to offset emissions of highly-developed nations, we are increasingly returning to nature to stave off rising sea levels and global temperatures.
SOURCE: FIJI GOVT/PACNEWS
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