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Pelenise Alofa comes from Kiribati. This island group in the Pacific Ocean is made up of 33 islands and
has a population of 90,000. She tells how climate change is posing a threat to her people. The islands are
between 2 and 4 meters above sea level, and a sitting duck for risiing sea levels. Every day, walls built by inhabitants of the islands are washed away. Fleeing to a safe place on the island is impossible: on one side is a lagoon, on the other the ocean.
Pelenise Alofa has three very clear messages for industrialised countries. Firstly, they must drastically
reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A 40% reduction by 2020 is needed to give the small islands in the
Pacific a chance of survival. Secondly, money must be made available to allow people in the south to adapt to a changing climate. This money must be made available immediately, and should not return to the North through costs for consultancy and research. Lastly, if people in the Pacific are forced to flee their homes due to rising sea levels, there must be legal protection for these refugees.
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