Climate change impact on Pacific Islanders

The New Zealand Prime Minster Jacinda Ardern has said that climate change is having a real impact on Pacific Islanders and this should spur countries to greater action to tackle the problem.

Ardern was speaking at a civil society conference in Australia and said she hoped her government will have a long-lasting impact on climate change.

“We run the risk that climate change can feel like something that is happening to someone else but if you visit Kiribati or you visit Tuvalu, this is real, this is not a hypothetical,” she said.

“The changes that they are seeing in their environment are happening now. So I’d hope, when confronted by that, that might motivate the change we need. It’s going to take country-by-country action … and it’s going to take civil society to keep pushing for it.”

Ardern wants to see New Zealand become carbon neutral by 2025 and to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050.