Prayer for COP23

Kositatino Tikomaibolatagane, Toquru, Navua | Wednesday, September 13, 2017
READING the article titled Prayer for COP23, FT 12/09/17, I must admit my appreciation that Fiji and its leadership, despite been declared a secular state, still believes in the power of the Almighty and prayer.

The Prime Minister declared in Parliament that Fiji would hold a week of prayer in churches, mosques and temples and he hopes that many people would attend and he further said that, "It (prayer) will be our chance to come together as a nation to pray for Fiji and pray that we bring this issue the attention it deserves."

While I am with him on such initiatives, on the other hand, to be practical we must do as we say.

That is if we want to bring this issue the attention it deserves prayer alone is not enough, but action is also needed.

If we are saying out loud that we need to protect our environment and resources like our land and oceans then we must immediately stop exploiting them in the name of development and an example of action is by not issuing licence for deepsea mining that will damage our oceans.

Hence, while we pray, we must show the world that we are serious with what we are praying for by taking serious actions on the issue at hand.

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