Campaign raises Pacific island voices with #4PacIslands

The Fiji Times:

Thursday, 12 November 2015

A social media campaign using hashtag #4PacIslands will be launched this week.

A press statement from the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) highlights the social media initiative is a move to lobby and measure support and allow discussion to what people are saying about climate change in the Pacific.

The social media campaign is expected to run during the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris ,COP 21 across the web?s social media landscape.

In the statement, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) David Sheppard says this is one of the many different activities to amplify a Pacific voice under the 'Pacific Voyage to COP21, Paris' communications campaign.

"We in the Pacific islands understand and know all too well the impacts of climate change and that Pacific island communities are implementing actions to adapt to these effects as well as to mitigate climate change where we can with support from our partners.

"What we call upon now is your support to share these stories of both climate impact and climate action with people around the world by sharing our online messages and by using the #4PacIslands tag."

Meanwhile, the Pacific Community Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga has appealed for widespread public support to help have Pacific voices heard at the UN Climate Conference in Paris and beyond.

"Climate change is a real and important threat to the livelihoods and sustainable development of Pacific people and its imperative for us to have the Pacific perspective echoing in Paris and around the world. We're committed to joining with our partners to raise the visibility of the climate crisis in the Pacific and the concerted and urgent actions needed to address them," he adds.

The #4PacIslands is a joint initiative between the Forum Fisheries Agency, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, and the University of the South Pacific.

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