UN climate treaty ratification

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Extreme weather is only worsening the problems caused by climate change that the Pacific island nation of Fiji is experiencing. This part of the world is already dealing with the ominous distinction of being home to some of the world’s first climate refugees, as well as catastrophic damage to local infrastructure and industry. As of last week, Fiji became the first nation to ratify the UN climate treaty, surely because it knows all too well the danger of ignoring real, progressive action. In order for the Paris agreement to take effect, 55% of countries (representing 55% of the world’s emissions) need to get on board. Although many have come forward with the best of intentions, there needs to be a strong push for real commitment. As the reality of more vulnerable places like Fiji are showing us, we really are all in this together.