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Pacific Island Represent – Fighting For Our Survival

Pacific Island Represent – Fighting For Our Survival


Most of the time when we come to these COP
spaces, it’s disconnected from what’s happening on the ground. Our communities are asking,
‘So what’s happening? What does it mean? How vulnerable are we? Do we have to move? How
are we gonna do this?’ And these are the questions being asked. And this is what moved me as
well to be part of Pacific Island Represent because we want to go there ourselves to be
asking the questions, to be our own fact-checkers in the discussions that are happening. There’s
a language. Of course it’s in English, but there’s a special UN language. And when
you’re in those spaces and you come back to your own countries, you have to translate
that language. And translating what the 1.5 Paris Agreement means for our communities.
Or, what it means when those who have signed onto the Agreement are not committing. We
have conversations about ‘friends of the Pacific’, but how can you really be truly a friend of
the Pacific when your actions don’t speak to it? When you’re extracting, using and exporting
fossil fuels?

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