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Curbing effects of Climate Change needs Global effort

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said climate change was the defining issue of our time and the world was at a defining moment.
21 May 2019 14:35
Curbing effects of Climate Change needs Global effort
United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres.

Editorial:

How many of the leading nations are actually doing something positive and through actions to help curb the effects of climate change, presently being felt around the world?

It is indeed sad that even with unprecedented disasters happening and which are all tell-tale signs of our climate patterns now in disarray, some countries simply ‘do not care.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres said climate change was the defining issue of our time and the world was at a defining moment.

He could not have made it more simpler when he said the world faced a direct existential threat.

“Climate change is moving faster than we are – and its speed has provoked a sonic boom SOS across our world.

“If we do not change course by 2020, we risk missing the point where we can avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us.”

A report found that climate change will cost the US hundreds of billions of dollars annually and damage health.

Now that is indeed worrying because if the US does not heed that warning for its citizens, then the people of the Pacific are surely heading for trouble.

Tuvalu and other low lying islands of the Pacific will one day disappear beneath the rising sea levels.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama thanked Mr Guterres for his authentic passion that he had brought with him to the Pacific.

Mr Bainimarama said Mr Guterres’s message was a fiery commitment to the future of the children and grandchildren of all Pacific Islanders which he said had driven his work as both Prime Minister and COP23 President. It is sad that in a lot of instances, we wait for something to happen before taking precautions or setting policies in place.

Sometimes you sit back and wonder why aren’t these warnings registering in the minds of these leaders who simply ignore them.

Millions of dollars are now being poured into the Pacific region from different international agencies in an effort to build resilience against the effects fo climate change.

Technology is on the move to develop crops that can adapt to the change in climate.

Buildings are being made to withstand Category Five winds during a cyclone.

Yes, we in the Pacific are going through this phase right now.

But we have not even done anything to cause these weather changes and yet we are being beefed up to be resilient. Those who are responsible need to step up.

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