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Fiji prelate laments environmental damage

September 20, 2012

Fiji’s archbishop is calling upon the Pacific island nation’s political parties to enact stronger environmental laws and to place a higher priority upon respect for the environment than upon short-term economic development.

“We have not learned the lesson that the problems confronting the world are a result of our lack of good stewardship--placing, instead, our economic and financial considerations above environment issues,” said Archbishop Petero Mataca of Suva. “We are destroying the basis of our lives for a pittance.”

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