PACIFIC PLEA TO THE WORLD: ACT NOW TO REDUCE GLOBAL WARMING

The Pacific Islands need an urgent commitment for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, says the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). A call for action is underway by the secretariat at the UN Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.

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The Pacific Islands need an urgent commitment for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, says the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

A call for action is underway by the secretariat at the UN Climate Conference (COP26) in Glasgow.

The Director of SPREP's Climate Resilence Program, Tagaloa Cooper, said the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report has highlighted the urgency with which the world needs to act.

Tagaloa Cooper Photo: RNZ Pacific / Moera Tuilaepa-Taylor

Cooper, who's in Glasgow for the UN summit, said it's critical the Pacific voice is heard at COP26 and "our ambitions to limit emissions are realised as the people of the Pacific's very existence depends on it."

"Here in Glasgow, our collective goal as a region is to keep global warming to 1.5 degrees. Anything above that is a matter of life and death for our region.

"Not many of our Pacific negotiators are able to be here. We've decided to amplify our voices, which cannot be lost because there are not many of them here. So we've partnered with New Zealand who have invested in two large campaigns - Mana Moana and Flex For 1.5 - that have been driven by the Pacific."

Mana Moana - Pacific Voices is a collection of artistic short films, created in collaboration with Pacific poets, on behalf of Pacific nations for use at COP26.