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3 Nov 2021

Asia Pacific Report (APR)

New Zealand: Environmental activist tells COP26 leaders that if they fail, the people will step up to fight climate change

"Pasifika climate activist’s cry to COP: ‘We’re not drowning, we’re fighting’", 2 November 2021

A New Zealand Pasifika climate activist has told the UN climate meeting that young Pacific people are not victims of climate change but beacons of hope. The first day of the Leaders Summit is wrapping up at COP26 in Glasgow. Environmental advocate for Samoa Brianna Fruean said Pacific people were not just victims of the climate crisis, but were beacons of hope...

She said Pacific countries were living in the reality of climate inaction with more frequent cyclones, floods and coral bleaching. If the world leaders at COP failed, the people will step up, she said...

Many Pacific nations face an existential threat from sea level rise. Their work at the Paris agreement in 2015 was instrumental in getting the world to agree to try and keep warming to 1.5 degrees...