COP23 Opens With New Global Leadership Emerging Against Climate Change

Leading from the Front (line)

For the first time ever, an island nation severely threatened by climate change, Fiji, will lead this year’s COP gathering, which runs from Nov. 6 through 17. “The Fijian people, along with every Pacific Islander, live on the front lines of climate change. The rising seas, changing weather patterns and severe weather events are threatening our development, our security and the Fijian way of life, along with the very existence of some of our low-lying neighbors,” Fijian Prime Minister and COP23 President Frank Bainimarama said in a statement.

Getting Big States Onboard

Fiji is pushing the idea of a Grand Coalition as a way to tackle climate change even if some of the biggest countries will not. During COP21 in Paris, different regions, provinces and cities, backed by some nations, signed up to keep global temperatures below 2 degrees in what is called the Under-2 Coalition. By September 2017, more than 1.2 billion people were represented in this pledge.

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Steve Rushton

Steve Rushton

Freelance journalist focused on political alternatives, universal rights and ecological survival