Ocean conference

Rajnesh Ishwar Lingam, Nadawa, Nasinu | Saturday, June 17, 2017

THE UN Ocean Conference came to a high-profile end with so much awareness and publicity on the significance of our oceans.

Our PM, in his capacity as co-chair of the meet, pleaded with the world to make a collaborative effort in protecting the marine life, environment and the oceans around us.

Here at home, clean-up campaigns were done and the survey found out that littering remains a nationwide catalyst despite the many reminders about littering carelessly.

When I was a kid, we lived around the sea and our parents taught us the importance of the sea towards sustaining human life.

We would go for picnics but were reminded not to leave any rubbish behind.

We grew up watching the sea and appreciated all that the sea offered.

These days water pollution has become too common and our waters are strewn with plastic bags, bottles, tins and waste materials, which affect the survival of the beautiful creatures, which know the sea as their habitat.

We seem to turn a blind eye to the consequences of our actions on the environment around us. In the name of progress we have caused destruction to natural and water resources.

Sad that the environment cannot talk to us!

If the trees and water could talk, they would tell us to stop our ways and show more empathy. This is what is required throughout the world.

We may not be able to change the thoughts and perceptions of those who destroy our environment in the wake of development but individual decisions are going to carry weight.

Let's start at home with the little things that matter, like avoiding dumping rubbish carelessly. Let's show the world that the slogan, "Fiji the way the world should be", carries a profound meaning.

The Ocean Conference is over, but the resolutions offered must be implemented at the earliest.

Our survival depends to a large extent on the sustainability of our oceans.

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