Pacific nations unite on climate change

Victoria’s Pacific Climate Change Conference organisers say the region needs to weave together and act now to fight the devastating effects of global warming.

Kirbati's President Anote Tong presents at Victoria's Pacific Climate Change Conference
Kirbati's President Anote Tong says some of the nation's low-lying islands will cease to exist in thirty years if sea levels keep rising.

About 240 scientists, activists, non-governmental organisation representatives, artists, business people, community leaders and Pacific Island delegates gathered at the University to discuss the intertwining dimensions of climate change.

Discussions traversed law, politics, indigenous rights, economics, religion and the arts in the context of what opening keynote speaker Kiribati President Anote Tong described as “the greatest moral challenge facing humanity”.

Following the conference, Victoria University signed a memorandum of understanding with the region’s leading environmental protection agency, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP).

Leota Kosi Latu, SPREP director general, said, “the conference was a fantastic three days of dialogue, but the time for talking is over. Now is time for action.”