CLIMATE: “The Leaders of These Winning Countries Are Fighting to Stop Climate Change. Here’s What the Rest of the World Can Learn”

CLIMATE: “The Leaders of These Winning Countries Are Fighting to Stop Climate Change. Here’s What the Rest of the World Can Learn”


Rising seas threaten to submerge Tuvalu, one of many island nations struggling with climate change.
Christopher Gregory for TIME

The story of how a few tiny Pacific nations joined hands to shape the Paris Agreement begins in September 2015, in a bland conference room at the Grand Pacific Hotel in the Fijian capital of Suva. During a three-day meeting in advance of the Paris climate talks, government officials and civil-society leaders from 15 Pacific nations drew up a list of what they wanted out of the approaching negotiations. The goals included a halt to new coal mines in countries that still supported the industry, backing for research and development on issues facing the region and increased funding to help poor countries prepare for extreme weather. One demand was paramount: any new global climate pact, the leaders agreed, had to aim to stop temperatures from rising more than 1.5°C by the year 2100.

Christopher Gregory for TIME
read the full article in TIME 13-06-2019

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