Samoa has favoured ‘science, not silence’ the results of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which warned in August that in just 10 years the planet could be over 1.5 degrees warmer than it was.

‘The stakes are high because climate change is an existential threat to our people and we know this [meeting] is the final opportunity to keep the 1.5 degrees threshold within reach and avoid a tipping point of no return,’ he said as the Pacific Climate Champions were announced.

Naomi Mata’acha said Pacific nations are facing the worst future climate catastrophes.

Pacific leaders have appointed five leaders from five different countries in Glasgow to lobby for their concerns, as not everyone can participate in international talks.

Fiame Naomi Mata’afa said all big issuers had to urgently commit to stronger climate action, and November’s international climate summit in Glasgow was “the point of no return”

As well as setting more ambitious emissions reduction targets, Pacific leaders are keen for Australia to rejoin the United Nations Green Climate Fund (GCF) to help tackle the consequences of climate change.

Laulu Fetauimalemau Mataʻafa

Masiofo La’ulu Fetauimalemau Mata’afa, also known as Fetaui Mata’afa , was an ambassador and a member of parliament in Samoa. She was also the wife of Samoa’s first Prime Minister, (wikipedia)

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