By MATTHEW VARI
THE Office of Climate Change and Development (OCCD), was the proud recipient of K15,000 courtesy of the Steamships Group of Companies, at the OCCD head office in Port Moresby, this week.
Steamships donated the funds to assist OCCD with their preparations for an Open Day on Climate Change to be held on August 16.
“Climate Change as you all know is a pressing global issue. It threatens the core of our very existence,” OCCD chief executive officer Varigini Badira said.
“The way we do business now will change in the future; the way we do our traditional lifestyle our cultural obligations will off course change.”
He referred to a scientific article that was published in a journal this year, and that revealed, currently there is 4000 parts of carbon dioxide per one million parts of air in the atmosphere, which is the first time this has happened in 3.5 million years, something that is very extreme and significant.
Peter Popena, Group HSSE [Health Safety Security Environment] Manager) thanked the OCCD for giving them the opportunity to partner with them in the very important cause of Climate Change.
“As you’ve heard climate is real, so obviously we have to do something to counteract that,” Mr Popena said.
“Steamships have a sustainability strategy, and climate is an integral part of it as one of the important pillars of the organisation.”
They measure their success to the sustainability strategy they have, and they have key performance indicators that tell them whether they are in line with that strategy.
“We think of the best ways to work with Government agencies and NGOs to contribute meaningfully to this worthy cause, and were very pleased to present the K15,000 cheque.”