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Thursday, 19 May 2016

Climate Action plea from Small Island States

Small islands call on countries to accelerate climate action:

The solutions to climate change are more cost effective than ever and success stories for effective action abound. The only question is whether we join together quickly and boldly enough to avoid catastrophe.” -Thoriq Ibrahim

BONN, Germany–At the opening of the United Nations climate change conference, the first since the international community reached the historic Paris Agreement last year, Thoriq Ibrahim, Minister of Environment and Energy for the Maldives and Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), released the following statement on behalf of the  coalition of 44 small island and coastal states that are highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change: “The first round of climate change talks since Paris, like so many others have before, opens against the backdrop of extreme climate impacts across our membership: Cyclones Ula, Winston, and Zena wreaked havoc in the South Pacific earlier this year; Severe droughts in parts of the Caribbean and the Western Pacific continue to cause water and food security crises; A massive coral-bleaching event has turned reefs bone white across the tropics; And scientists have confirmed the loss of 5 islands to sea level rise in the Solomon archipelago—showing climate change is now infringing on sovereign territory.
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Lord Nicholas Stern

Today’s young people can and should hold their parents’ generation to account for their present actions. They can elicit an emotional response that can motivate action. If thinking about the lives of unborn future generations seems too abstract to motivate you to act, try instead looking a young child or grandchild in the eye and asking yourself what sort of future you are leaving for them. There is something that, on reflection, many adults would surely find repugnant in the idea that they will leave their children a damaged planet that will radically affect their life possibilities. Lord Nicholas Stern

Kiribati President Anote Tong

"…I remember I had been trying to convince him to visit Kiribati and he did in 2011. He came to Kiribati and I remember he went to visit one of these communities that was flooded every time there is very high tides and there was this young boy who stepped up to the Secretary General and said Mr. Secretary General, you are a very important man you know, is there something that you can do to ensure I will have a future, that I will have a home. And the Secretary General came back and he said Mr. President I have been listening to you at the General Assembly but I never truly understood what it was you trying to communicate but now I do and I feel and I understand I would do everything that I can”