Through the assistance of sign language teacher Patricia Miller (pictured), Youth Parliament representative Eve Naqio, who is mute, was able to relay his message to the floor during the PIDF meeting last week. Through the assistance of sign language teacher Patricia Miller (pictured), Youth Parliament representative Eve Naqio, who is mute, was able to relay his message to the floor during the PIDF meeting last week. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA HE may not be able to utter a word, but as the youth president for People Living With Disabilities, he believes their voice should also be heard in the fight against climate change. Eve Naqio said while he was happy to be part of the 3rd Pacific Islands Development Forum Summit, which ended on Friday last week, he believed people living with disabilities were also affected by climate change. “It does not matter who we are or what we do, what matters is we all exist and it is high time that our voice to be heard,” he said. “However, I am overwhelmed to be involved and included in this meeting.” Mr Naqio, who is also a representative of the Youth Parliament, is mute but this did not deter him because through the assistance of sign language teacher Patricia Miller his message was brought to the floor during the meeting. However, he is hoping that Pacific Islands would also look at resources that could alert people living with disabilities during natural disasters. “We, the people living with disabilities, we all live in the same environment and I would request the Pacific Island leaders to ensure there are adequate and relevant resources for people living with disabilities during emergency situations.” Meanwhile, Raja Kumaran — a representative from the Fiji Civil Societies Organisations — said the PIDF was fruitful. “I know we will send a clear message about what we want, those industrial big guns need to pay for our suffering. To our representatives in the meeting in Paris I urge you not to be scared of anything as we stand in solidarity and we are one in the Pacific,” he said.