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Island Nations Question Global Response to Climate Change
March 28, 2017
Frustrated Melanesian nations are concerned their voices are going unheard and blame global politics for intensifying disasters, conflict and food insecurity in the region.
At the conference “Security3: Food Security, Biosecurity and National Security in the Melanesian Arc” held in Canberra last month representatives from the governments of Fiji and the Solomon Islands urged donor countries, including Australia, to take stronger action against climate change, warning that the writing's on the wall.
The countries have long been among the most outspoken on the dangers of climate change.
“Sometimes I feel that it’s genocide,” Collin Beck, Solomon Islands high commissioner to Australia, told the audience. “We know what is going to happen.”
The global responsibility to fight climate change, they said, needs to be taken seriously — and for the governments of many developed nations — it is not.