Timoci Naulusala is a 12-year-old schoolboy from Tailevu province in Fiji. In a passionate speech this week, he called on world leaders to commit climate action to protect his home, as well as the homes of all Pacific Island children.
“Climate change is like a thief in the night, said Timoci. “It not only steals, but kills and destroys. If we don’t act now there might not be a future for the entire human race.”
In September, Timoci participated in a nationwide speech competition in Fiji and his success earned him a place at the COP23 global conference – an annual event which addresses the UN convention on climate change. A Unicef Pacific spokesperson said that Timoci had seen first-hand the devastating impacts of climate change in Fiji from Cyclone Winston.
“My home, my school, my source of food, water, money was totally destroyed. My life was in chaos,” Timoci said. “My once beautiful village is now a barren and empty wasteland… Climate change is here to stay unless you do something about it.” Timoci’s powerful request for urgent action earned him rousing applause before shaking hands with some of the most powerful people in the UN. Watch Timoci’s speech here:
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