Bainimarama disappointed with some countries lack of urgency for action
March 31, 2019 12:43 pm
COP 23 President, Voreqe Bainimarama has expressed his disappointment with some countries who are willing to ignore the threats of climate change.
Bainimarama says some nations have turned a blind eye to their colossal economies which are insulated from the worst effects of climate change, either economically or geographically.
He adds when a strong storm hits their shores, or their farmland suffers from the scorching sun, they see no real urgency for action.
The Prime Minister says even billions of dollars in damages aren’t enough to change the most stubborn minds, as to them, it is just the cost of doing business.
Bainimarama calling these countries out for sticking to their old ways as they stand to benefit as inaction is easy, cheap, and comfortable.
“Bold and decisive change, meanwhile, takes courage, and it takes vision. It often requires world leaders putting their own political careers at risk for benefits that may not be felt until after their terms have ended. But this is short-sighted, and it is selfish.”
Bainimarama adds Fiji is not standing by as we are leading the world not only with our words, but with our deeds.
“Despite our nation being one of the lowest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world, we have led the international community by example, taking very big steps to adapt all aspects of our economy to be more conscious of our climate and our future.”
The Prime Minister adds the onus rests upon all citizens of the globe to act now in order to leave this planet in a condition that can be passed on to future generations.