Small island nations won’t tolerate empty promises on climate change. Small Island Development States (SIDS) know all too well the cost of the climate crisis in lives and livelihoods. To us, Irma, Maria, Dorian and Harold are not just names. These hurricanes in the Caribbean and the Pacific have wiped out the entire annual GDP of countries that have been wiped out and in some cases left islands altogether. uninhabitable. Stopping climate change is not a desire, it is a necessity. If anyone doubts that greenhouse gas emissions pose an existential threat to small island nations, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change last month report must eliminate them. Man-made climate change is accelerating rising sea levels, fueling hurricanes to a greater degree of destructive power and changing the weather systems that bring us fresh water and fertile soil.
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