Home South Pacific Vanuatu calls for fossil fuel companies to pay for climate change

Vanuatu calls for fossil fuel companies to pay for climate change

by melanin
0 comment

Fossil fuel companies need to pick up the bill on climate change, Vanuatu’s Foreign Minister says.

Ralph Regenvanu

Ralph RegenvanuΒ Photo:Β WikiCommons / Marke Lowen

Speaking at the Virtual Climate Summit on Thursday, Ralph Regenvanu said Vanuatu had benefited the least from fossil fuels, but been ravaged as a result of their emissions.

Mr Regenvanu said he was putting the fossil fuel industry and the states that sponsor it on notice.

“My government is now exploring all avenues to utilise the judicial system in various jurisdictions – including under international law – to shift the costs of climate protection back onto the fossil fuel companies, the financial institutions and the governments that actively and knowingly created this existential threat to my country.”

His comments echoed an urgent recommendation to tax carbon emissions from an October United Nations climate report which predicted disastrous consequences from global warming even at 1.5 degree celsius.

This is well below the current target of two degrees set by more than 200 countries signing the Paris Agreement in 2015.

The Marshall Islands is chairing the Climate Vulnerable Forum’s ‘Virtual Climate Summit.’

The Forum comprises the 48 countries most threatened by climate change.

Leaders from France, Canada, New Zealand and the Pacific are participating.


Source (Radi New Zealand)

You may also like

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


News updates from Melanesian Archipelago and her peoples: direct, open, and as they happen, first-hand from across West Papua, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and Kanaky.


Subscribe my Newsletter for new blog posts, tips & new photos. Let's stay updated!

Laest News

@2021 – All Right Reserved. Designed and Developed by PenciDesign