Jessica Brunner: Not All Paradise
Thursday, November 16th was Climate Justice Day at COP23. I had the privilege to attend multiple events that focused on the effects of climate change on the vulnerable countries of the developing world, particularly the island states. With Fiji being the first small island developing state to hold the presidency of a COP, the issue of environmental justice has become even more prominent throughout this conference. Fiji’s leadership has brought attention to the small island developing states whose voices usually go unheard due to lack of representation. These nations contribute the least to climate change yet are most vulnerable to its effects, as they have less resources for adaptation.
Climate Justice Day also focused on the social and cultural dimensions of climate change and the human rights issue connected to it. Hearing from people from developing countries provided me with a different perspective on climate change. These people directly depend on the earth’s natural resources for survival in a way that is now distant to developed nations, giving them a greater appreciation for the environment. The current effects of climate change are already forcing them to confront the risks posed against their security and survival.
I was also able to attend a high level presidency event regarding the integration of human rights in climate action which sought to offer a people centered approach to climate change. This talk concluded solutions to climate change that were focused on improving the resilience of the most vulnerable countries and providing them with the resources necessary to adapt to its effects.
18/11/2017 02:37:25 pm
This blog opened my eyes to the overall issue on climate change and developing countries. I think the overall issue is that developing countries do not have the resources to make a significant change, but they are the ones that are most affected. It is the duty of developed countries to make steps in the right direction, so the entire world can reap the benefits.
20/11/2017 05:33:44 pm
Reading your blog it enlightened me into seeing that these developing countries do want to help in climate control. However they have to find a way to do it so that they don't also hurt them in another way. With these small countries hurting the most it seems as if other countries need to do more to help them so that they don't become harmed.
21/11/2017 06:23:35 am
I found this blog to be very eye-opening and proves just how grateful the American citizens should be. As these small island developing states are desperately trying to survive each year, who are certainly not the main contributors to the climate change issue, but sadly are greatly affected to a very concerning level. These small islands are desperate to contribute but lack the economy to do so, therefore they need larger and more economically stable countries and nations to contribute to this revolution.
10/12/2017 07:52:55 pm
It is tragic to recognize those that are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change contribute the least greenhouse gasses. People in America need to be more aware of this fact. I am interested in what kind of resources are provided to adapt these countries to climate change's effects. How effective are they? Will they last long, or are they just a quick fix?
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