Earth hour a reminder that our natural systems are vital, says speaker

Speaker of Parliament, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau in Parliament. Picture: SUPPLIED/FIJIAN PARLIAMENT

SPEAKER of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau says celebrating Earth Hour this evening is an opportunity for all Fijians to show a united resolve to addressing climate change issues.

In his message published in today’s The Fiji Times, Ratu Epeli said Earth Hour 2020 was a reminder that our natural systems are vital for all our futures and this was why we should take all measures to ensure prudent conservation.

“Nature holds the key to our wellbeing and prosperity when protected effectively and managed sustainably,” he said.

“Business as usual is no longer an option if we are to safeguard our future.

“We all have a responsibility to manage our natural resources properly and to protect them from exploitation, degradation and destruction.

“Research tells us that the loss of nature during the past 50 years is unprecedented.

“The main factors driving biodiversity loss include habitat destruction, climate change, invasive species, overexploitation and pollution.”

Read more of his message in today’s The Fiji Times.

Earth Hour 2020 will be observed this evening at 8.30pm.

All Fijians are asked to turn off lights for one hour.

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