Pacific Climate Activists persist with global advocacy

By Adel Fruean 24 April 2020, 12:00AM

The coronavirus pandemic has not stopped Pacific Climate activists from continuing to advocate for urgent and ambitious action to fight climate change in the Pacific.

Just ask 350 Pacific and the Pacific Climate Warriors who have launched an online campaign to “stop the fossil fuel industry from wreaking more havoc on already disadvantaged communities in the Pacific.”

With the lockdown, the groups have taken their fight online, including the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

This year’s theme for the celebration is ‘Climate Action.’

The 350 Pacific Managing Director, Fenton Lutunatabua, said that we are all part of an intricate ecosystem where humans and nature rely on each other to thrive.

“The planet is telling us that human greed is the problem - it is healing with less industrial activity and less pollution since the COVID-19 pandemic has placed restrictions on the movement of people and business operations. 

“But we didn’t need a pandemic to tell us that our planet was suffering - the signs have been there for years now. 

“Severe air pollution, rising sea levels and more frequent, intense storms are signs that have been evident for years.”

He added that each one of us is critical to maintaining the balance in nature by taking climate action.

“We need to make responsible choices when it comes to the companies we support, the products we buy and the activities we carry out daily. 

“The best place to start is by learning more about the science behind the climate crisis and the responsibility that all sectors hold in addressing the issue.

“We need to heed the science and take rapid steps towards transitioning away from fossil-fuelled societies to one that is built on clean energy, which will benefit both humans and the planet.”

Mr. Lutunatabu added that to respond during these uncertain times it requires a system change. 

“We need to build social systems that support communities to become self-sustaining in moments of crises, especially when the government is not in a position to respond. 

“People have the ability to take back the power to reshape our global economies to be built on principles to: Put people’s health first, no exceptions; Provide economic relief directly to the people; Help our workers and communities, not corporate executives; Create resilience for future crises; Build solidarity and community across borders – do not empower authoritarians.”

The Group has encouraged individuals to take urgent climate action, even during a time when social distancing restrictions are in effect.

The Pacific Climate Warriors encourage individuals to take the first step by learning how the fossil fuel industry is directly contributing to the climate crisis, and in turn causing the destruction of Pacific Island nations.

By Adel Fruean 24 April 2020, 12:00AM
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