Issue No. 08/2020 – Wednesday, 09 December 2020 (Kitiona Tausi)
During the opening of the National Climate Change Awareness Week on Tuesday, 08 December 2020, the Director of the Climate Change Department, Ms. Pepetua Latasi explained the main objectives of the Week is to enable Tuvalu to fulfill the theme of this awareness week which is “Enhancing adaptation for a resilient Tuvalu.”
- Building responsible citizens
Anthropological climate change is undeniable. It is therefore our responsibility as custodians of the land to provide a healthy living for all generations.
She explained that climate change is being caused by human activities and thus it is our responsibility as individuals to act and find solutions to reduce the impacts of climate change.
2. Increase climate change literacy
Raising the awareness helps people understand and address the impacts of global warming. This includes sharing of knowledge and information about climate changes to students in their classrooms. Children should know about climate change, what is climate change and its impacts as well identifying challenges that could help minimize the impacts of climate change.
There are programmes throughout this week for teachers and students to learn about this issue.
3. Support informed decision making
The vulnerability of the society, environment to climate change prompted decision makers at various level to consider resilient building in decision making. She explained the week is to enable us access to data and information to enable informed decision that could help reduce the impacts of climate change.
4. Promote behavioral change
Information provided could enhance the awareness of the public that promote behavior in the society. If we continue to raise awareness on climate change, it would help change our behavior and our lifestyle and our activities. The question is, how can we change our lifestyle and activities? Ms. Latasi claimed that it is a very difficult issue and this issue will be discussed in a forum this week.
“We believe that is people are well educated and informed about climate change knowing that is caused by human activities, we can slowly change our behavior and lifestyle to enable us reduce the impacts of climate change.
TIVA finds most vulnerable sectors
The Tuvalu Integrated Vulnerability Assessment programme managed to identify 5 most important sectors that affect local communities in line with environmental and development changes.
The coordinator of the project, Ms. Fatupu Simeti said, IVA is a tool that examines how environmental and development changes affect local communities and subsequent impacts of these changes on their abilities to meet their basic needs.
The project started in 2018 and ended in June 2020. After a survey of all the eight outer islands was completed in 2018 except Funafuti which was completed in June 2020 it was identified that there are 5 most important sectors that the communities are most vulnerable to:
Ecosystem health (coastal management), water security and security of place, food security, and income security.