5 March, 2018. Samoa – Prime Minister of New Zealand, Rt Hon. Jacinda Ardern has stated that New Zealand plans to stand with Samoa on the serious issue of climate change in the Pacific, especially on the world stage.
Speaking during a visit to the National University of Samoa, the Hon. PM Ardern who is in Samoa as part of her first Pacific Mission trip to several Pacific Island nations, explained the significance of decreasing carbon emissions in small nations such as Samoa and New Zealand.
She said, “First we must make sure that New Zealand isn’t a hypocrite, so we can stand up on the world stage and ask those heavy polluters to do their part. That’s why making sure that we fulfil our obligations, is so important.”
“Our view is that New Zealand and Samoa is standing hand-in-hand in climate change. So we must do our bit to make sure that as a country, we are playing our role to reduce our emissions. Now some might say, that the emissions of Samoa and New Zealand are small, ‘what difference does it make?’.”
“Well, yes. In New Zealand, our contribution to global climate change is 0.17% but if every country who only contributed less than 1% did nothing, that actually makes up 24% of the worlds’ emissions.”
According to PM Ardern, every little action that small nations make, has major impact climate change.
She said, “So what we do, matters, what we do makes a difference. And one of the reasons we should stand hand-in-hand is because we, members of the Pacific, will be most affected by climate change.”
“We must do our bit, we must adapt and with some of the initiatives that we have been working together with your Prime Minister, Tuilaepa, who has very strong voice on climate change, what we must do is adapt and also stop the change that we are seeing around us. This is so it won’t have the catastrophic effect that it could have.”
PM Ardern is travelling with a delegation of New Zealand Government Officials, including NZ Minister for Climate Change, Rt Hon. James Shaw, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rt Hon. Winston Peters on the Pacific Mission trip which will also take the delegation to Niue, Tonga and the Cook Islands. The delegation is set to depart Samoa tomorrow morning.
Reporter with Samoa Planet.
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