Gov asks PLG to endorse climate resolution

Global Temperature and sea leveliIncreases threaten Pacific people and marine life
Gov. Togiola Tulafono shown last week in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. [Le Savali newspaper}

MURI BAY, RAROTONGA, Cook Islands — “Man made emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gasses are affecting coral reefs, and marine resources upon which we all depend, on a scale we have never before seen,” declared Governor Togiola Tulafono of American Samoa at a meeting of the Polynesian Leaders Group (PLG) held on Saturday, August 25th.

“Increasing global temperatures are responsible for rising sea levels that threaten to make our coastal areas and low islands uninhabitable, and many of our island people environmental refugees,” said the Governor.

The chief executives of the governments of the Cook Islands, Ma’ohi Nui – French Polynesia, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau, Tonga, and Tuvalu are now considering a resolution presented to them at the PLG meeting by Governor Togiola Tulafono which calls for cooperation and collaboration among these pacific island nations’ scientists, educators community members and leaders in confronting climate change and its effects on people and marine life, though the development and implementation of proactive, sustainable ocean resource management policies. 

The resolution also states that PLG members will work to mitigate and adapt to climate change related challenges through the use of both innovative scientific interventions and traditional ocean management practices and that the PLG will work to coordinate the region’s response to climate change.

Should the resolution be endorsed by the members of the PLG it will be transmitted to the Secretariat and other member countries of the Pacific Island Forum for their consideration.  The Pacific Island Forum meetings are taking place this week in the Cook Islands and will conclude on Friday, August 31st.

The PLG was established by a memorandum of understanding between the leaders of its member countries in 2011.  It was created to promote and protect the traditions, cultures and economic interests of the Polynesian people in the states and territories of the Pacific.

Source: Governor's Office media release


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