In a tough statement, Pacific Islands urge the climate change community to take action.
Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama has said that the Pacific low-lying nations are the most vulnerable to the impact of global warming and that their views must be heard at UN-mediated climate talks in Glasgow next month.
196 countries and the EU are participating in COP26.
“For our sake and the sake of all humanity,” he told a virtual summit late on Thursday with support from the EU,”little island developing states will use the full measure of our moral authority against major emitters who refuse to appear in Glasgow with firm promises.
For this purpose, the Head of State of Fiji also demanded an end to fossil fuel use.
“urgent, pressing, and unavoidable”David Kabua
President David Kabua of The Marshall Islands said that it was tough for those not at the forefront of the problem to understand how “urgent, pressing, and unavoidable” climate change was in the Pacific.
Naomi Matafa, Samoa’s first chief minister in July, said the impact of frequent hurricanes and droughts, heavy rainfalls and flooding, ocean warming and acidification were already being felt.