The National, Monday June 24th, 2013
By LEONTYNE LIBA
THE Port Moresby branch of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) held discussions on environmental and climate change issues on Saturday.
The event was attended by young women from around Port Moresby as well as guest speakers from the Office of Climate Change and Development (OCCD) and was aimed at informing and educating young women on these issues and the sustainable practices of environment conservation.
Reflecting on this year’s June 5 World Environment Day theme – “Think. Eat. Save.” – the programme began with tree planting by several members of POM YWCA followed by speeches and open discussions.
The open discussions also allowed the women to share experiences as well as contribute simple but innovative ideas on how individuals and communities could utilise and conserve their natural resources and contribute to minimising the effects of climate change.
OCCD public relations and communications manager Ethel Namuri said: “If we don’t change our mindset and the way we do things we will continue to face problems of climate change.”
OCCD committed K3,000 to YWCA’s activities in Port Moresby on climate change and agreed on more dialogue and assistance towards the association’s activities on environmental issues.