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Fiji's Bula Spirit at COP23

By: 
Environmental Associate

The world is gathering in Bonn, Germany this weekend for the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.  The island nation of Fiji has the conference presidency and promises to infuse the conference with their Bula Spirit.  Bula is both a greeting and a blessing of wellness and happiness.  The Bula Spirit is one of inclusiveness, friendliness, and solidarity.  This spirit reminds us of the Abrahamic greeting and blessing of Shalom / Salaam. 

As a Small Island Developing State, Fiji is already experiencing the effects of climate change.  They have lost shorelines and fisheries that were critical to their economy.  In February 2016, they were hit by Tropical Cyclone Winston, a category 5 cyclone with sustained winds of 185 miles per hour.  The Fijians tell their story of adapting to climate change in a series of videos. 

Climate Change Fiji - The Devastating Reality

Climate Change and Fiji - A Global Challenge; A Local Response

Climate Change and Fiji - Leading the Global Charge for Action

Bula, Shalom, Salaam – the words may be different, but they all call people to care as much about others as they do for themselves when discussing the tough questions of climate change.  Texas Impact will be at COP23 to help this spirit be heard.  Watch Texas Impact's webpage and social media sites for daily updates starting on November 4th.  

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