As Pacific islanders, we are leading the way to end the world's addiction to fossil fuels | Ralph Regenvanu Seve Paeniu
Today's IPCC report has given a 'final warning' to avert global catastrophe. We call on all world leaders to urgently transition to renewablesThe cycle is repeating itself. A tropical cyclone of frightening strength strikes a Pacific island nation, and leaves a horrifying trail of destruction and lost lives and livelihoods in its wake. Earlier this month in Vanuatu it was two category 4 cyclones within 48 hours of each other. The people affected wake up having nowhere to go and lack the basic necessities to survive. International media publishes grim pictures of the damage to our infrastructure and people's homes, quickly followed by an outpouring of thoughts, prayers and praise for our courage and resilience. We then set out to rebuild our countries.The Pacific island countries are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, and Vanuatu is the most vulnerable country in the world according to a recent study. Our countries emit minuscule amounts of greenhouse gases, but bear the brunt of extreme events primarily caused by the carbon emissions of major polluters, and the world's failure to break its addiction to fossil fuels.Ralph Regenvanu is minister of climate change, adaptation, meteorology and geohazards, energy, environment and disaster risk management for VanuatuSeve Paeniu is the minister of finance for Tuvalu Continue reading...
Celý článek: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/mar/20/pacific-islanders-climate-crisis-fossil-fuels-ipcc-report-catastrophe
Zdroj: The Guardian
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