In the same canoe

Allen Lockington,Kava Place, Waiyavi, Lautoka | Friday, May 26, 2017
Thi pile of rubbish has been here for the last three months at the junction of  Banuve and Burton place at Nasese.Picture ATU RASEA
Thi pile of rubbish has been here for the last three months at the junction of Banuve and Burton place at Nasese.Picture ATU RASEA

I SMILED when I read the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama's statement (FT 23/5): "We are all in the same canoe together."

True, but while we in the Pacific are in "canoes", people in big countries are in what I would term — arks or aircraft carriers.

They can't see the sea because they live in mega cities, in high rise buildings, in countries so huge that many have not seen the sea.

However, I am of the opinion that the industrialised nations will continue to manufacture goods that cause climate change because it's their breadwinner, they make billions.

So while we in the Pacific are fearful of rising sea levels they too have their problems — air pollution, industrial waste, huge rubbish dumps, traffic jams, etc. Looking at pictures of China and other industrialised countries, people are walking around with face masks and at times the pollution is so bad that the skies darken.

They too are paying a huge price. And yes, we are all in the same canoe, but some have bigger canoes.

Anyway, the world has been around for billions of years, modern man may soon destroy it.

Sad, isn't it?

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