‘Changing our Mindsetsrsquo; wasthetheme ofthe very first National Climate Changepen Dayheld in Port Moresby on Friday.
The Climate Changepen Daywas held atthe Sir John GuiseIndoor Complex.
Various activities were organized as part ofthe eventobeginning with a traditional singsing fromthe Rigo District inthe Central Province.
Guests included Deputy Prime Minister Leo Dion, Minister for Forests & Climate Changeatrick Pruaitch and Managing Director oPNG Forest Authority Kanawi Pouru.
Executive Director ofthe Office of Climate Changeamp; Development Varigini Badira saidthe Open Daywas a long time coming.
Mr. Dion saidthe government has urged those countries responsible for excessive carbon emission to act responsibly and show more commitment to carbon reduction. One waythey can do this is by supporting countries likPNG in building development infrastructure that are climate-resilient.
“We are focused to make our development instruments: from building roads, bridges, critical infrastructure, are climate-proofed,” said Dion.
School children were also a huge part ofthe Open DayProgramme.
Minister for Forests & Climate Changeatrick Pruaitch sain PNG was takingthe climate change issue on board withthe development policies, and having legislations enacted. Mr. Pruaitch will also propose to cabinet for Climate Changepen Day to be observed in every province.
“This is consistent with our idea of making sure that atthe provincial and local level government,there is a climate change committee to address climate change issues onthe ground,” Pruaitch said.
All stakeholders have been encouraged to contribute towards policies that will helPNG to mitigate climate change.In provinces, Climate Changeommittees are being set up to ensure awareness and readiness.
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