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In the midst of this climate crisis, there are far too many so-called leaders in this world who are sitting passively as we sail, wilfully ignoring the holes in our sinking canoe.
With their vast resources and innovation, they have the ability to bail water, but instead, they’re just enjoying the view. For the sake of our future, we need to start bailing, now.
This was the strong message delivered by Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while participating at a special session on urban culture and climate change action along the margins of the 10th World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi.
“In the conversation that follows, by sharing stories about how we each unique worldview on the climate crisis facing the world, I hope that each of you are able to broaden your own perspective, challenge conventional thinking, and return home with a renewed sense of urgency to act,” he said.
“Rather than allowing climate change to reshape our cultures, by working together, we can use our cultures to reshape climate change – let’s do it now, before it’s too late.”
Bainimarama is attending the 10th Session of the World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi with an aim- to share a story of hope that cities can emerge as game-changers for climate action while also lifting our people to new and better opportunity.
While delivering his statement at the opening of the forum, he said many cities are already proving that climate action means clean air, clean water, cooler temperatures, better jobs, and these gains are not a generation away, they are improving people’s lives right now.
“Fiji is firmly committed to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050; not because we rank among the world’s high-emitting countries – in fact, we are one of the lowest – but because we know that every percentage of emissions reduction matters,” he said.
“No country, no city, no community’s contribution is too small. I call on every nation, every city and every community to join us in achieving net-zero by 2050.
“If we force this work on our children and grandchildren, we’ll risk damage to our ecosystems and our global climate that cannot be undone. Join us for the sake of those coming generations; join us for the good of your citizens today.”
The world forum was officially opened by the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The forum brings together more than 18,000 registered participants and 580 speakers with 133 exhibitors from around the world.
SOURCE: FIJI PM OFFICE/PACNEWS
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