Kalekana residents in Lami collect rubbish to conserve and protect the environment

Kalekana residents in Lami collect rubbish to conserve and protect the environment

By Karishma Kumari
Sunday 25/02/2024
Photo: Fiji Government

Residents and Community members of Kalekana, Lami took part in an early morning activity by picking up rubbish along the Kalekana Road to conserve and protect the environment.

Assistant Minister for the Office of the Prime Minister Sakiusa Tubuna also assisted the members by participating in a tree planting exercise stating that the Coalition Government’s priority lies in protecting the environment and its resources on the land and sea.

He says engaging the younger generation in keeping our surroundings clean is everyone’s duty.

Tubuna says to have a clean environment we have to empower communities to understand the importance of having a clean environment.

He also says that soil erosion is a concern for a community like Kalekana since it is located on a hill. Therefore, afforestation is a method that can be followed to avoid this problem.

The Assistant Minister says the focus has been placed on planting Tahitian Chestnut trees (ivi) to supply children with nutritious snacks from its fruits.

He also assured Eco Guardians of Fiji about the government’s support for its work in educating and assisting the local communities in conserving the environment.

Eco Guardians of Fiji, an NGO, has been working closely with the Kalekana Youth and Kids Club and the community as a whole to educate its residents on the importance of environmental protection.

Eco Guardians of Fiji Co-founder, Rainer Hoehn says changing people’s attitude towards littering and pollution is the biggest way that Fiji can protect the future of its children.

He says children should not eat fish which have microplastics in their stomachs as it will make them sick and we cannot have them being sick because they are the future of Fiji.

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