President of Fiji Dares Fijians to Save the Planet
His Excellency the President of Fiji, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, dared all Fijians to make a stand for the environment as he launched Earth Hour 2012 in the island nation on 15th February.
Ratu Epeli, who is also Fiji’s leading Earth Hour Ambassador for 2012, issued a challenge to businesses, non-governmental organisations and government departments to take clear-cut actions that will benefit our environment.
In return, the 70 year old President promised to walk 30 kilometers to raise awareness on climate issues.
“I will participate in a 30 kilometre walk to raise awareness on climate issues, if 5 corporations, 5 non-governmental organisations and 5 government departments will make a public commitment to visibly implement an action which will benefit the environment,” Ratu Epeli said.
“I am daring Fiji to take action, celebrate Earth Hour and go beyond the hour.
“I am committed to planet earth – I can take action, I will take action – will you?
“As an official Earth Hour Ambassador for Fiji – I am asking the people of Fiji today – what are you willing to do to save the planet?”
Ratu Epeli added that it would be interesting to see the responses to his dare.
“And I am also inviting all chief executive officers to make that walk with me,” he said.
“Here today, I propose that every Fijian has the power to take personal accountability of their impact on the planet and to make changes in the way they live to facilitate a sustainable lifestyle.
“There is never going to be a better time to stand up for our environment than right now.
“Earth Hour is about making that stand – it is an event that encourages individuals, businesses and government to show leadership on environmental solutions through their actions.
“I am answering this call for leadership today by becoming the lead ambassador for Earth Hour here in Fiji.”