The recently established Madang Climate Change Committee has already kicked off awareness on climate change in the province, using billboards stationed at strategic locations of Madang’s five districts.
“The five awareness billboards are written both in English and Tok Pisin to enable the people in the community to read, and at the same time understand what climate change is all about,” the Madang Disaster Director, a member of the committee Rudolph Mongalee said.
The billboards outline the causes and effects of climate change and the adaptation measures.
Acting Managing Director of the National Climate Change and Development Authority, Joe Pokana, who officially unveiled the Madang District’s billboard said he will source funds to keep the committee on its feet, starting with one of the biggest climate change funding source, the Green Climate Fund.
“As of next week, I’ll be attending a regional meeting in Suva to ensure that PNG has a hope in getting those funds. Hopefully, those funds come in and with Madang already implementing, you should be able to secure some funding,” Pokana said.
The effects of climate change in the province are fast becoming both on the mainland and on the islands, and the committee hopes to get all the help it needs to help the people.