Timoci shares his story of climate change – it’s real and urgent


Video: Fijian Government

Pacific Media Centre Newsdesk

A 12-year-old Fijian student has wowed COP23 in Bonn with an eloquent and passionate speech.

Year 7 student Timoci Naulusala, of Naivicula in Wainibuka, Tailevu, on the island of Viti Levu, spoke of the impacts of climate change on Fijian communities to open the high level segment of COP23.

He said climate change was real and urgent and he appealed to the world’s leaders to “do something”.

His speech won a nationwide competition in Fiji and received a standing ovation from world leaders he shared the stage with; UNFCC executive secretary Patricia Espinoza, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and United Nations, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and COP23 President, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, reports Lice Movono of The Fiji Times.

Timoci and second place winner Shalvi Shakshi are in Bonn with their mother and father respectively, funded by UNICEF Pacific.

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