World Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June each year to raise global awareness and to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. (Source: UNEP)
This year, Fiji Gas and its branches nationwide undertook an Eco-Action Pledge to give back to the environment and the towns/ cities in which they operate in. On Saturday 30 May, groups of Fiji Gas staff around the country conducted cleanup programmes falling under the umbrella of the United Nations World Environment Programme.
In Suva, 22 staff worked with a group from the Navua Rural Local Authority to clean up the streets. In all, over 30 people were part of the Wellness Walk and Clean Up. It took place from Rars Service Station to Naitonitoni Corner Shop and ran from 8.30am to 12.00pm.
In addition to the clean up, rubbish bins were also donated to the Authority. Navua has had a shortage of bins which led to a litter problem in the town. The new bins close to the Main Street shops will help reduce the rubbish on the streets. In turn the Navua Rural Local Authority will be able to introduce a more economic rubbish collection schedule. 10 rubbish bins were also donated to the Savusavu Town Council. The bin donations were made in partnership with Supreme Fuel Ltd.
This was much the scene across the country on Saturday. In Nadi, the clean up began at McDonald’s to Namaka Public School where the staff took on the responsibility of rubbish collections. In Sigatoka, Korotogo was beaming with Fiji Gas staff in full clean up gear covering its popular swimming spots. Lautoka being the home of the company’s largest terminal saw its staff cleaning the foreshore.
Harvie Probert, the Managing Director of Fiji Gas said “Fiji Gas believes in protecting the environment. We supply LPG which is the cleanest automotive fuel in Fiji and vehicles running on Fiji Gas Auto Gas produce far fewer emissions than vehicles running on unleaded or diesel.”
“World Environment Day is on 5th June and gives the opportunity for everyone to realize the responsibility to care for the Earth and to become agents of change. Although individual decisions may seem small in the face of global threats and trends, when billions of people join forces in common purpose, we can make a tremendous difference.” – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon –
Fiji Gas first began supplying gas to Fiji in 1956. It is now into the largest LPG Company in Fiji and the Pacific Islands. Its headquarters are in Walu Bay Lami.