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Narikoso’s community climate change advocate, Kelepi Saukitoga has been selected as a Climate Change Trailblazer representing Fiji and those who are affected by climate change to the Global Climate Action Summit held in San Francisco in September this year.
Narikoso is in the South Pacific’s hub, Fiji and sits on the island of Ono, situated in Fiji's southern province of Kadavu.
Kelepi Saukitoga’s foresight made him propose relocating the village to community elders. His actions have aided in bringing attention to the stark realities of climate change impacts on coastal Fijian communities to relevant authorities and stakeholders.
Kelepi’s village home is also one of seven homes currently experiencing coastal inundation on a daily bases. Kelepi is the catalyst for the Narikoso village relocation project.
In partnership with the Fijian Government, the community of Narikoso the EU-GIZ ACSE (Adaptating to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy) Programme is working towards relocating the community to a safer site complete with climate resilient homes.
Kelepi is a community man at heart, a father of four, and regularly champions causes and food security and income generating initiatives that will directly benefit the community adding to its resilience.
During September 12-14, this year, Kelepi amongst other trailblazers will be able to share his story of climate action at the summit.
Edmund G. Brown, Governor of California; Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; Michael Bloomberg, United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change; and Anand Mahindra, Chairman of the Mahindra Group, will host the Summit.
It will bring together leaders from all walks of life – including government, business, and civil society – to demonstrate how the tide has turned in the race against climate change, to showcase climate action taking place around the world, and to inspire deeper commitments from each other and from national governments.
The Summit aims to reach a climate turning point on greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 in order to prevent the worst effects of climate change, and demonstrate that stronger commitments are necessary, desirable, and achievable.
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