Pacific small island states send out SOS
"Climate change is a very serious problem for island states in the Pacific and Indian oceans," Arieta Moceica of Greenpeace for the Pacific said on the sidelines of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) here on Wednesday.
Climate change which is increasingly going out of control will only cause island states to disappear in the not too distant future, he said.
"If climate change raises the sea level by an average of 1 meter, it means that almost half of the land territory of small island states in the Pacific and Indian oceans will sink," he said.
Developed countries in Europe and the rest of the world still do not consider climate change a very serious threat. But for small island states in the Pacific, it must be stopped soon or half of their land territory will disappear, he said.