WORLD Environment day is an opportune time for Fijians to reflect on our shared responsibility to safeguard our precious environment for our future generations to come.
This was highlighted by the Minister for Agriculture, Waterways and Environment Dr Mahendra Reddy at the World Environment Day celebrations held in Nausori today.
With the theme “Celebrating Biodiversity”, Minister Reddy said Biodiversity underpins the ecosystem functioning and the provision of ecosystem services essential for human well-being.
“Environmental challenges (climate change being the chieftain among them), affect all of us in Fiji. Unless we diligently work to protect and preserve our environment, we are fighting a losing battle.”
“The United Nations General Assembly declared the World Environment Day in 1972 as a global response to the mounting environmental challenges faced at that time. Today on June 5, Environment day continues to be celebrated all over the world.”
Minister Reddy adds that the commemoration of the Environmental day provides for us Fijians, a powerful platform to bolster our advocacy, accelerate, amplify, engage with our communities, and with governments around the world to take actions on the growing critical environmental challenges that our planet faces.
As part of the celebrations, the Ministry inaugurated Fiji’s First Nature-based Solutions Complex in Luvuluvu, Nausori.