Fiji has a blunt message on climate foot-dragging

Oct 09, 2018, 8:05 AM EDT
(Source: Takver/flickr)
(Source: Takver/flickr)

Fiji, the first country to ratify the Paris Agreement, has walked the talk in the past over climate issues, be it in generating 100 percent of its electricity from renewables, keeping its carbon footprint in tight check or with plans to welcome climate refugees in future.

In the wake of an unsettling climate report by the IPCC, Fiji’s Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama is reminding all countries of the urgency to ramp up their climate action, realign their priorities and set higher aims to slash carbon emissions, notes Earther. Bainimarama laid emphasis on unprecedented global mobilization if the world is to achieve the target of capping warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius or less.

For all the doom and gloom about the planet’s climate fate, the celebrated Paris accord began and remains a set of voluntary actions, which nations may or may not implement of their free will - a classic case of political foot-dragging, reports Nature.