In an extraordinary performance last-night, the Tagi Movement Production in partnership with the Catholic Archdiocese of Suva successfully showcased a 300-member choir, local artists, cultural dances, and stories advocating on the drastic impacts of climate change.
With the theme, “Our Home is on Fire- Act Now”, the Tagi Movement Production Project is an initiative initiated by Archbishop Peter Loy Chong in collaboration with Caritas Fiji in support of the Archbishop’s vision for ‘a socially and ecologically transformed Oceania”. It calls on the world to act now as human activity continues to cause climate change.
Whilst delivering his official address, the Assistant Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Hon. Sakiusa Tubuna commended the remarkable performance displayed last night and thanked the Catholic Archdiocese of Suva for the initiative.
“Climate change is the defining threat of our time. Fiji contributes a negligible amount to climate change and greenhouse gas emissions and yet are among the first to face increasingly intense impacts.
“As we work to grow and develop, our people are facing tropical cyclones, flooding, sea level rise, ocean acidification, community relocation and host of other climate-related impacts,” Hon. Tubuna stated.
Hon. Tubuna urged the participants and all those present last-night to work together to be good stewards of our home for the sake of our future generations.
“To you our students, the youths – our future leaders, we need to keep working together. Thank you for weaving together songs, dances, meke, story telling and poetry to express our cries as vulnerable small islands – as Oceania – as Fiji”.
“I urge you all to keep showcasing our cries, keep showcasing “na tagi” to a call for ecological conversion until we are heard. I urge us all to work together and be good stewards of our home, however small it may be – it makes a difference!”
The cast included students from Marist Brothers High School, Saint Joseph Secondary School, Saint Anne’s Primary School, and the Lomary Tagi Choir and guest performances included the likes of Ms Jedidiah Tuinasavusavu, Opera Soprano Singers Ani Lewaniu and Unaisi Bula, and the rapper Drixstar as well many acclaimed Disney Animation Film Studios recording artists.