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PM Worried About Cyclone Changes

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says he is deeply worried about cyclones in the Pacific that are beginning to form outside of the traditional hurricane season for the first time. He
09 Sep 2015 11:49
PM Worried About Cyclone Changes
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama (front with garland), with participants at the National Climate Change Summit in Levuka. Photo: Manhar Lal

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says he is deeply worried about cyclones in the Pacific that are beginning to form outside of the traditional hurricane season for the first time.

He was speaking at the National Climate Change Summit in Levuka yesterday.

Mr Bainimarama said: “There were three such cyclones off the coast of Hawaii only last week – something that the weather forecasters and experts say they’ve never seen before.”

“We have always been able to breathe easy in the Pacific for at least some of the year,” he said.

“But it looks like climate change is putting an end to all that. And I’m afraid that we may have to be on cyclone alert all year from now on. To live in a state of constant anxiety that one of these destructive storms will suddenly appear out of nowhere and ruin our homes, our crops and our infrastructure.

“It is a nightmare scenario that a small island developing state such as ours certainly doesn’t need. We have enough challenges developing our economy and improving the lives of our people without having to constantly worry about the weather. But unfortunately, it appears to be a fact of life and we need to prepare for it.

“We need to bring together all the expertise we can to develop strategies to cope with these extreme weather events and the rising seas.

“To face this crisis by forging a strong partnership between government, civil society and the private sector.

“To mobilise the Fijian people through their representatives and develop better strategies to cope with what may be to come.

“I feel a terrible sense of injustice – as I’m sure you all do – that very little of this is our fault. Our own carbon emissions are almost nothing in the overall scheme of things. It is those countries with big economies and big industries that are causing these problems. But because of their size, they are the least affected and the most likely to survive. Whereas we cause practically none of it yet are destined to suffer the most.

“Unfortunately, we in the Small Island Developing States are getting a sharp lesson in the reality of international politics.

“What they said in ancient Greece still applies in the 21st century – the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.

“But I can tell you one thing and my fellow Pacific Leaders all agree. We are not going to go down without a fight.

“We are going to Paris with one voice to tell the nations of the world enough is enough.

“Make the binding cuts in carbon emissions that the scientists say are needed to reduce emissions and lower the average global temperature. Or be condemned for all time for being immoral and extremely selfish.

“Making the vulnerable and defenceless like us suffer so that they can maintain their lifestyles isn’t acceptable and we are going to say so. Very loudly.”

Feedback: luisa.qiolevu@fijisun.com.fj

 



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