The President’s Walk
His Excellency the President of Fiji Ratu Epeli Nailatikau will make his epic 30 kilometers walk to raise awareness on climate change this Friday, May 4th.
In walking, the President will keep to his end of the I Will If You Will challenge, a mechanism that carries Earth Hour beyond the hour (8.30-9.30pm) every March 31.
Earlier this year on February 15, the President challenged 20 organisations to visibly implement an action that is positive for the environment and in return he promised to walk 30 kilometers.
More than 20 organisations have responded by adopting eco-plans to be implemented over the following months.
More than just a promise, the President’s walk aims to challenge all Fijians to ponder the deeper implications of their actions on the environment and raise awareness to the next level.
As Ambassador for Earth Hour, the President said its time for all Fijians to take personal accountability for their impact on the planet and make changes to the way they live to facilitate a sustainable lifestyle.
“This is a moment of truth for all of us – we are continuously faced with the threats associated with climate change and environmental degradation; including more frequent flooding and storm events that sweep away dreams, hopes and lives,” Ratu Epeli said.
“I strongly believe that Mother Nature is urging us to take action.”
The President personally mapped out his 30 kilometer route which is largely contained within the central business district of Suva.
Government ministries, executive officers of corporate organisations, non government organisations and members of the public are expected to join the president on his walk.