Wise words from the Prime Minister of Samoa
The Samoan Prime Minister wants Australian leaders to get over the budget and focus on climate change.
Like many other small nations in the Pacific, Samoa has experienced an increasing number of violent cyclones and flooding.
In light of the United Nations Small Island Developing States conference Australia is attending next week, Samoan Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegao implored Australian leaders to: “Look at the Pacific Islands as a special case in terms of climate change…In saying that, I am aware of the extreme pre-occupation of the present leadership with budget savings”.
According to the International Panel on Climate Change, 21.4% of Samoa’s population is vulnerable to the predicted effects of Climate Change – the 6th highest percentage worldwide.
“The world cannot understand the anxiety of out people in the Pacfic,” said Mr. Tuilaepa
Climate change high on the agenda of the U.N. conference, with a focus on the need to protect climate change refugees will be established.
“Being the biggest member countries (Australia and New Zealand) in the only consolidate grouping of islands in the Pacific, they should do more.” Said Mr. Tuilaepa.
However last week, Australia’s Renewable Energy Target has recently been put under review as a result of debate over the Government’s controversial budget.
The target aimed for 20% of Australia’s energy to come from renewable sources – threatened by the Government’s plans to cut the funding of household solar panels.
Tony Abbott is also infamous for his array of views on the topic of Climate Change.