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Greenpeace urges government to help Pacific Islands affected by climate change

08 November 2017

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Ruci Farrell -

Greenpeace is calling on the New Zealand government to stand alongside their Pacific neighbours and help amplify their voices at COP23 in Germany.

The summit that is currently being held in Bonn, is being presided over by Fiji, the first Pacific Island nation to do so.

Greenpeace campaigner Amanda Larsson says the world's response to climate change is critical to the future of the Pacific, which is at the forefront of sea level rise and extreme weather events.

A coastal village in the Solomon Islands threatened by rising sea levels. Photo/ Emily Muli.

She says although the new Labour-led  government's stance on climate change is bold, it could do more.

"It requires a really strong plan and good policies in the immediate terms," she says. "That starts with an end to oiling gas explorations as well as hastening that transition to a 100 per cent renewable energy and clean transport systems that would really cut our greenhouse gas emissions."

Amanda Larsson. Photo/ Twitter.

Larsson says now is the time for the government to deliver its election campaign promises.

"Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has called climate change the 'nuclear free moment' of her generation," she says. "The Labour-led government now has the opportunity to honour these strong words with strong action."

The Government is aiming to bring climate emissions to zero by 2050.

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