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Time to act is now

Torika Tokalau
Thursday, December 12, 2013

PRIME Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama is pleading with industrialised nations to act now and finally set the appropriate carbon emission targets to arrest rising global temperatures.

While speaking at the 9th Pacific Islands Conference on Conservation and Protected Areas last week, Commodore Bainimarama said this was the same appeal he made in London last month.

"The melting of the ice caps and the consequent rise in sea levels threatens the very existence of some of our small island developing states," he said.

"You must do more or history will judge you extremely harshly for your negligence and selfishness."

He said the top 10 carbon emitters in the world were China, the US, the European Union, India, Russia, Japan, Germany, Canada, Iran and the Britain.

"They are our friends but need to treat us all collectively in a more responsible manner and deal with this crisis.

"We certainly expect them to shoulder the financial impact that we suffer as Pacific Islanders."

He said it was the right of Pacific Islanders to survive the devastating impact of the carbon emissions.

"It is a moral and ethical conundrum that these countries are refusing to face."

Commodore Bainimarama said the many challenges faced required resolute action, adding that now was the time to act.