The US has been urged by the next UN global climate talks head to “save” the Pacific islands from the devastating effects of global warming.
Frank Bainimarama, the Fijian Prime Minister, stated that just like in World War II, the island requires the support of the United Sates more than ever. He made his comments during the final lapse of the global climate talks in Marrakech.
“We in the Pacific, in common with the whole world, look to America for the leadership and engagement and assistance on climate change just as we looked to America in the dark days of World War Two,” he said.
Mr. Bainimarama disputed the position held by US President-elect Donald Trump that climate change is a hoax.
During his campaign period, Mr. Trump promised that he would seek to withdraw involvement of the US in the Paris Climate Agreement and also do away with all the global warming projects initiated by the US.
But as he took over the new leadership position at the Conference of the parties, the Fijian prime minister used the chance to call for the support of the US.
“I again appeal to the President-elect of the US Donald Trump to show leadership on this issue by abandoning his position that man-made climate change is a hoax,” said Mr Bainimarama. “On the contrary, the global scientific consensus is that it is very real and we must act more decisively to avoid catastrophe.”
He also asked the American citizens to stand up for them as the island faces rising seas that are caused by global warming. They are faced with the danger of being submerged.
He said that the American people were available to their rescue during WWII and asked them to “save” the island now.
Consensus Arrived at
The meeting was fruitful because after the two weeks of discussion, the participants reached a consensus on their next line of action.
Among the achievements of the gathering included the opening of CMA1 which seeks to put a curb on the rising global temperatures.
CMA1 will be the formal UN body that will run, manage and set the rules for the operation of the Paris treaty.
As the conference came towards an end, the number of countries who ratified the agreement increased to over 100 as the UK became a member of the club.