Pacific Ocean Commissioner says world Leaders must limit warming to less than 1.5 degrees

As Oceans Day is marked by the UNFCCC COP21 in Paris on 04 December, the Pacific Ocean Commissioner says world leaders must set ambitious targets and limit global warming to below 1.5 degrees Celsius to save the ocean and vulnerable communities in the Pac

“For the sake of our most vulnerable island nations and the oceans on which they depend, the COP21 agreement must limit global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius,” said Dame Meg Taylor, Pacific Ocean Commissioner.

“The ocean, climate and weather are all linked. The impacts of climate change on our ocean are already being felt by many of us.”

 “Sea level rise, storm surges, ocean acidification, coral bleaching and cyclones are increasing in intensity and frequency,” the Pacific Ocean Commissioner said.

“Ninety eight per cent of the Pacific Islands Region is ocean and as Pacific Islanders, many aspects of our lives are tied to the sea,” she said.

 The Commissioner, who is currently in Paris to attend the climate negotiations, said the people of the Pacific would continue to work together to protect the ocean, their lives and their livelihoods.

“We are strong and we will not give up on our ocean, our homes or our future,” the Pacific Ocean Commissioner said.