Rachna Lal, USP Journalism, Climate Pasifika
Copenhagen, 16 December - Most advanced nations in their comfort zones perceive climate change in their minds. “They do not feel the wreath of the ocean that we do we seek from the world our nature and ocean which is our source of survival,” said President of the Republic of Palau, HE Johnson Toribiong in a press conference during the final days of the COP 15.
The President is glad that of the 200 islands in the small island nations, there is higher elevation that people can retreat to however people have had to leave their small islands because they were becoming uninhabitable.
“In my view, I see climate change being similar to a tsunami which is moving slowly and finally gulping everything.”
He urged that the capacity of the nature has been stretched to the maximum and now needs to taken back to how it was before.
She implored the world leaders for a deal not for business but for survival, the survival of the future generations.
While on the same note, the Prime Minster of Vanuatu, HE Edward Natapei appealed to the developed countries to find a way of dealing with the survival of their small vulnerable nations.
“Anything more than 1.5 degrees will affect the coral reefs, coastal erosions, water resources as well as our existence,” he said.
With the conference reaching its peak, Pacific leaders are making their stand clearer for a legal deal here in Copenhagen.