Increase in the number of businesses selling sand and gravel can be one of the reasons why villages are affected by climate change – Archbishop Chong

Increase in the number of businesses selling sand and gravel can be one of the reasons why villages are affected by climate change – Archbishop Chong

By Marika Rasekaseka
Thursday 03/11/2022
Fiji Council of Churches President Archbishop Peter Loy Chong

Fiji Council of Churches President Archbishop Peter Loy Chong says the increase in the number of businesses selling sand and gravel from our rivers and sea shore can be one of the reasons why villages have been affected by climate change.

The Archbishop also says it looks like money and technology are more important nowadays than the needs and wants of all Fijians.

The President of Fiji Council of Churches highlighted this after handing over a boat and engine to the women of Vanuakula, Tavua.

He says women around Fiji are facing the effects of climate change, and the church must highlight what they are facing during these challenging days.

He adds women living near the sea are facing challenges due to fewer crabs to sell in the market to support their family needs.

Archbishop Chong says a woman in Votua recently shared her experience that she used to earn $300 weekly from selling crabs, but today there are fewer crabs for her to sell.

He says church leaders need to step in and support their members and try to find a way to help those living in the village and other parts of Fiji.

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