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Staying positive as climate change talks hit delays

Just when the reasons to despair stare me imposingly in the face, and the urge to give up swells inside me, I seek the presence of people of conscience, and I feel around me the optimism of youth, with its stubborn refusal to accept a fate forced upon it.

Nauru Ambassador to the United Nations, Marlene Moses, on how she maintains hope in the face of frustrating UNFCCC climate negotiations.

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Unite or drown, small island nations told at climate meet (video)

VICTORIA (Seychelles), Nov 11, 2014:

The president of the Seychelles today urged the planet’s small island nations to unite for an unprecedented campaign against climate change or else drown.

The rallying call came at the start of a two-day summit of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), a coalition of small island and low-lying coastal countries, to prepare for global climate talks to take place in Lima, Peru in December.

“Too often the world has chosen to ignore us. Too often we are treated as bystanders,” said Seychelles President James Michel, whose Indian Ocean island nation is hosting the meeting.

“Let us be heard on every beach and every roadside. Let us be heard in Beijing, in Delhi, in Johannesburg, in London, in Moscow, in New York, in Paris, in Rio.

“Let us be heard in every village, in every town, in every city of the world. Let us be heard on the airwaves,” he said.

“We cannot accept that climate change be treated as an inevitability. We cannot accept that any island be lost to sea level rise. We cannot accept that our islands be submerged by the rising oceans.”

Low-lying island nations, some of which are little more than one metre (three feet) above sea level, are regarded as some of the most vulnerable to rising seas blamed on man-made climate change.

Some small states in the Pacific such as Kiribati have already begun examining options for their people if climate change forces them from their homeland.

“Climate change is the greatest threat of our time,” Michel said, saying that on the face of it the alliance appeared powerless.

“We do not have the economic means to build sophisticated defences. We do not have the latest technology to better adapt to the problem… nor do we have the economic might to apply sanctions on those most guilty of causing the problem,” he said.

“But we have something that is invaluable, something that is powerful: we are the conscience of these negotiations. We stand as the defenders of the moral rights of every citizen of our planet.”

UN climate talks will take place in Lima next month to pave the way to a December 2015 pact in Paris to limit warming to two degrees Celsius.

Under the lowest of four emissions scenarios given by UN experts on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, global average temperatures over this century are likely to rise by 0.3-1.7 degrees Celsius, leading to a sea level rise of between 26-55cm.

Under the highest scenario, warming would be 2.6-4.8 Celsius, causing a sea-level rise of 45-82cm.


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Small Island States Push Climate Talks

At a climate conference last year in Cancun, Mexico, industrialized nations made pledges to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Since that time, the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), comprised of 43 countries, has called for the industrialized nations to toughen these measures. In addition, AOSIS said it could consider pledges on emissions cuts made voluntarily by rich nations if they were made into legally-binding targets - representing a step towards keeping climate action on track. 

Roughly 90 nations - both developed and developing - agreed in Mexico last year to take voluntary climate action through 2020.

Throughout this process, AOSIS has demanded ambitious targets for developing nations, demanding that world temperatures rise by no more than 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels. However, experts say that target is out of reach, as analysts say the pledges made so far would lead to a roughly 4 degrees C rise in average global temperatures.


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