Climate-threatened islands struggle to have voices heard

Editor's Note: As delegates meet in the hope for a meaningful agreement at the COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, calls are growing for concrete action to aid nations most at risk from global warming.
Though the COP 26 climate summit in Glasgow is yet to hit full stride, much of the focus has been on what the major polluters will bring to the table in terms of targets for net zero emissions in the coming decades.
But, a world away from the Scottish city, few people fear the consequences of a warming planet as much as do the inhabitants of islands scattered across the Pacific Ocean. And little has been said about what the Pacific island nations stand to lose if no meaningful agreement is reached at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties.
Many island nations scattered in the Pacific are already feeling the impact of climate change as sea levels rise. Many sit just meters above sea level.
The Pacific Islands Climate Action Network met on Oct 22 and issued a list of demands to world leaders as COP 26 approached, telling them that they must provide "a safe and habitable future for the Pacific islands".
The group called on wealthy countries to provide developing states $100 billion a year until 2025 and increase that sum to $750 billion a year beyond 2025 so they can invest in technologies to help live with a changing climate.
The former president of Kiribati, Anote Tong, told the virtual gathering of Pacific climate-action organizations that the Glasgow meeting would be the last chance to save Pacific island nations from the worst effects of climate change.
Siobhan McDonnell, senior lecturer in the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University in Canberra, said all governments must work harder to ensure that the urgency of the climate situation facing all Pacific island countries is heard at COP 26.
"There's an urgency around Pacific island countries; this is not just an issue of adaptation. There are issues of material and nonmaterial loss and damage caused

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