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Kyoto Protocol Is a Lifeline for Island Nations

October 12, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

“It was a little bit scary,” says Dessima Williams, describing how the two weeks of United Nations climate change negotiations ended here on Oct. 9. “Our concerns need to be heard more.”

Her assessment as the head of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), a group of 43 island nations spread across the oceans, amplifies the fear of a rise in sea levels from global warming. For some island nations, such as the Maldives, a rise in the Indian Ocean could see it wiped off the planet.

It naturally sets the language expressed by this bloc apart from the other climate change negotiators who met in Bangkok to shape an agreement for approval at the upcoming U.N. climate change summit in Copenhagen. “We are at the very frontline of the damage being caused by climate change,” says Williams, the permanent representative from the Caribbean island of Grenada to the U.N. “We are raising the alarm because of our threats.”

“If you want to see the future, see our threats,” she asserted during an interview. “This is what we have been saying and will continue to say in Copenhagen.”

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