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USP Lautoka Takes Action on Climate Change

University of the South Pacific’s Lautoka campus has embarked on an ambitious journey to motivate its staff members to also play an active role in reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions.

The region’s premier university’s Lautoka campus launched its Climate Smart Journey – Reducing our Carbon Footprint campaign on Friday 14th July 2017.

USP Lautoka Campus Director Dr Pramila Devi stressed that it is very important for everyone to understand that climate change is not something to be deliberated in future but is something which is taking place now.

She informed that the Lautoka campus has been actively involved in conducting awareness programs on climate change and after the last major program in May it was decided that staff members have to lead by example and be involved in tackling this critical global issue.

Dr Pramila revealed that staff members were advised to focus on tree planting and all of them started off with pot plants.

“All this pot plants will be kept in the individual rooms of the staff members at the campus to help carbon reduction and to provide a more oxygen rich environment.

“I am very proud of my staff members for taking this bold step and we hope to organize more such programs to control reduction of carbon,” she reiterated.

Special Guest at the launch Senior Health Inspector of Lautoka City Council Shalend Singh pointed out that what USP has launched is definitely a way forward to tackle climate change.

Singh stressed that just talking about climate change at various seminars resulting in no action will not play any role in protecting our environment.

He emphasized that every member of our society have to play an active role even in a small manner to curb emission of harmful gases in our environment.

He revealed that small things such as avoid throwing plastic and other household items in creeks and rivers, no burning of rubbish and recycling of plastic and paper products will play a very vital role in protecting our environment.

Another keynote speaker at the event Principal Agriculture Officer Western and a PHD student at the USP Lautoka campus Vinesh Kumar encouraged all his fellow students to plant a pot plant each at their home and bring it to the campus.

Mr Kumar also reminded the students to embrace new technologies of studying to avoid excess use of paper products.

Coordinator of this program Ioana Vanavana stressed that as one of the major tertiary institutions in the western division, USP Lautoka campus as a whole needs to take a bold step forward to be more climate change proactive.

She emphasized that the whole campus has to come together to create more initiatives that promote climate action and be the voice to inform the public as well as shape public attitude towards a more climate smart generation.

Ms Vanavana added that the institute has to also mentor students and educate them on issues relating to climate change.

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