Stop coal use and production says Bainimarama
December 10, 2019 7:56 am
Prime Minister Voreqe Banimarama, not taking a step back has sent out a message to coal driven nations-stop it or make climate change worse.
Speaking at COP 25 in Spain this morning, Bainimarama says the continuous disregard by some nations is taking the world into further darkness.
Championing the issue of climate change, Bainimarama was robust in his reminder to coal driven nations that they are hindering the fight against climate change.
“Four years of negotiations and countless interventions later, I’m sad to say the race towards net zero emissions has barely begun. The level of carbon emissions in our atmosphere is breaking records by the day. In the face of that reality, the world’s leading emitters have yet to make commitments anywhere close enough to cap emissions at responsible levels.”
Bainimarama is pleading with nations who are carbon driven to rethink.
“But still, far too many economies are proving that they are unable to kick their fossil fuel addiction – most especially to coal. I know that coal production has long served as an important pillar for many economies, providing reliable electricity and valuable jobs. But there is no place for coal in carbon neutral economies. Whether you’re buying coal, selling it, or financing coal plants at home or beyond your borders, you are part of the problem and need to fast track your transition towards energy sources that do not recklessly spew carbon into our atmosphere.”
Bainimarama delivered his speech at an event hosted by the International Solar Alliance, which Fiji is a member of.