Wale: gov’t not paying enough attention to climate change


OPPOSITION Leader Matthew Wale is not convinced that the Government is paying more attention to address climate change in the country.

Speaking at the sine die motion in Parliament on December 15, Wale said climate change and sea level rise are existential challenges facing many communities in our country and the region.

“I am not at all convinced that government is giving this matter the serious attention it demands.

“It seems the government has put this in the ‘too hard’ basket, and expect that donors hold the solutions we need,” he said.

The Member of Parliament for Aoke Langa Langa said this is most unfortunate and will have tragic consequences.

“Every context is different, but Fiji is leading the way in the establishment of its Climate Fund and relocations.

“We would do well to study those and see how to adapt them to our context. But we cannot just keep talking about this very serious disaster in the making,” he said.

“We should also be training specialists in the various fields required to provide guidance in our response in all matters related to climate change and sea level rise,” Wale added.

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