Not enough help for Pa­cific cli­mate ef­fects

Fiji Sun - - World News -

Welling­ton: In re­cent years much of New Zealand’s aid has gone into build­ing so­lar en­ergy plants around the Pa­cific to help cut the costs of diesel and re­duce green­house gases. Ox­fam New Zealand is ap­peal­ing for a re­think ahead of this week’s Pa­cific Is­lands Fo­rum sum­mit in Pohn­pei.

Its ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Rachael Le Mesurier, said Pa­cific coun­tries are grate­ful for the so­lar power but she says not enough has been done to help com­mu­ni­ties ad­just to the fact that cli­mate change is af­fect­ing them right now.

“So sea level rises, the in­creased cy­clone force ac­tu­ally, so it is about adap­ta­tion. It’s about the abil­ity to be able to help the Pa­cific pop­u­la­tions and com­mu­ni­ties to form their own re­sponses to adapt to cli­mate change, which is here right now.” RNZI

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