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 the Prime Minister, Josaia 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 this afternoon.

“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.”

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