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PM makes a plea to world leaders at global climate summit

Monday 7 November 2022 | Written by Supplied | Published in Environment, National, Regional

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PM makes a plea to world leaders at global climate summit
Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown said small Pacific states are dealing with the catastrophic effects of climate change every day. Photo: Supplied/22110609

Prime Minister Mark Brown has again made a desperate plea to world leaders to slash emissions ahead of a global climate summit.

Prime Minister Mark Brown has again made a desperate plea to world leaders to slash emissions ahead of a global climate summit.

About 45,000 people will attend the two-week COP27 conference which started in Egypt over the weekend.

Brown said small Pacific states are dealing with the catastrophic effects of climate change every day.

He said they are building sea walls, relocating crops inland, and building disaster shelters to try and buy islands more time.

“But the best survival tip is to keep temperature rise below 1.5 degrees.

“1.5 to stay alive, that is the best survival tip to help save our planet,” he said.

Recent reports show the world’s combined pledges and actions were not enough to keep within that crucial 1.5 degrees of warming threshold.

In 2015, more than 196 Parties signed adopted the Paris Agreement, an international legally binding treaty.

Its goal is to limit global warming to well below 2, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels.

The Paris Agreement entered into force in 2016.

  • RNZ