Young Pacific Islanders bring climate change fight to UN – PBS NewsHour


William Brangham:

The island nations in the South Pacific are responsible for less than a third of 1 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, but these low-lying islands are among the world’s most vulnerable to the impacts of that pollution.

As the planet warms, extreme weather events like cyclones are becoming more intense here. Entire villages, like this one on the island nation of Fiji, have been abandoned made unlivable because of rising seas. In 2019, frustrated by the chasm between global promises of action and any meaningful change, Houniuhi along with other Pacific Islander law students, decided to try and take the industrialized world to court.


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