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We’re One On Climate Change Fight: Sogavare

With one voice, Pacific island countries can fight  climate change, says Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. Mr Sogavare made the statement when he arrived at Nausori International Airport last
02 Sep 2015 11:17
We’re One On Climate Change Fight: Sogavare
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare at Nausori International Airport last night. Photo: Jona Konataci

With one voice, Pacific island countries can fight  climate change, says Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare.

Mr Sogavare made the statement when he arrived at Nausori International Airport last night for the third Pacific Islands Development Forum summit which will start today.

He said the context of this meeting had already been planned and “I believe that one of the top items of the agenda is climate change.”

“Small island states too involve themselves in the increase of green house effect through logging and many other ways of pollution , this is an issue that needs to be discussed in the meeting to find out ways to fight climate change,” Mr Sogavare said.

He said the PIDF meeting had come at the right time in preparation for the world climate change summit that will be held in Paris.

“This meeting is kind of a platform where all leaders from Pacific island nations will discuss the issue of climate change to prepare them for the summit in Paris,” he said.

“As Pacific island nations we should tell bigger countries they should behave themselves in terms of using gas emissions because we are affected by it through climate change.

“It’s about time that all Pacific island nations should raise their voice and show their grievances toward climate change.” .

He further said Solomon Islands was among Pacific island countries affected by climate change.

“Systematically our land is disappearing because of climate change and we have come up with national strategies, people living in smaller islands have been moved to bigger islands because their land are slowly eroding.”

“At this point in time when climate change is on the rise, Pacific island countries should put away some of its traditional practices and change their mindset on how they do things and come with sustainable ways of living,” Mr Sogavare said.

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