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A wave of blue sweeps the Nation as National Climate Change Awareness Week is in full effect

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16th August, 2018 A call for action from the Department of Climate Change, MEIDECC to all Tongan nationals this week, as it raises awareness and urges action to the impacts we face against the devastation of climate change. The primary schools of Tonga harkened and donned their blue outfits to school on mufti day and selected primary schools joined in a “Reuse & Recycle” Costume Competition and tree-planting program of the Department of Climate Change continues.

To mark the fourth day of the week and its race to raise awareness to the effects of climate change nationally in Tonga, the Department of Climate Change selected four primary schools, GPS Fanga, GPS Havelu, GPS Kolomotu’a and GPS Ngele’ia to participate in a “Reuse & Recycle” Costume Competition.

The students were able to display a wide array of costumes that used recycle and reusable products. The top three winners from four selected primary schools will display their costume during the Exhibition Day on Friday 17th August 2018 at the Queen Salote Memorial Hall.

The tree-planting program was made possible by the financial support of the Australian Government through its Direct Aid Program and Nishi and Trading. Recipients of the tree-planting program included Maamaloa Side School, GPS Fasi –moe –Afi, and GPS Houma. Plants will be delivered to selected secondary and primary schools in Tongatapu, women groups, youth groups and Alonga Center. The tree-planting program is a continuation from last year’s tree-planting awareness program.

Present at the GPS Houma tree planting ceremony was the Minister of MEIDECC Hon. Poasi Tei, CEO of MEIDECC Mr. Paula Ma’u, the Australian Deputy High Commissioner to Tonga Mrs. Rhona McPhee, Director for Climate Change Mrs. Lu’isa Tu’i’afitu – Malolo, and other leaders of the community.

The Principal of GPS Houma Malia Tamo’ua addressed the officials in her vote of thanks, how this gratuitous plant donation will offer reprieve from the effects of climate change to the students of GPS Houma for generations to come.

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Issued by the: Ministry of Meteorology, Energy, Information, Disaster Management, Environment, Climate Change & Communications.

 

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