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Sustainability Championship through collective action

Communities in Hihifo located to the North, Hahake in the Centre, and Mua to the South of Wallis have installed photovoltaic (PV) panel plants per district. Given the climatic conditions of the islands, the installation of PV panels supports the country’s transition to renewable energy.

A single PV device is known as a cell. An individual PV cell is usually small, typically producing about 1 or 2 watts of power while traditional electricity relies heavily on fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. Not only are they bad for the environment, but they are also limited resources.

The project installation was made possible following an agreement with the heads of the villages from each. The project was set up by the Territorial Environment Service.

In keeping up with its sustainability drive around Wallis and Futuna, the villages in each islet conduct annual clean-ups every year.

Humans generate more waste every day, even though landfill space is declining, and careless disposal results in more litter turning up in the environment. This waste releases harmful pollutants into the air, water, and soil, and can impact wildlife.

The island clean-up campaigns raise awareness about the scale of the litter problem and get people thinking about changing their behaviour. Clean-up actions are also an effective way to bring communities together and, by enhancing social bonds, make people more appreciative of their common environment.

The island clean-up campaigns started in 2020 and have been supported by the villages across the country. The campaigns stress the importance of maintaining hygienic living conditions for the health safety and well-being of locals and visitors alike.

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