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Presidents’ forum spokesperson Iwi on climate change said Pacific nations at COP27 are challenging the failure of major states to show real commitment to reducing carbon emissions.

Presidents’ forum spokesperson Iwi on climate change said Pacific nations at COP27 are challenging the failure of major states to show real commitment to reducing carbon emissions.

Mike Smith is at the United Nations climate change summit in Egypt – where Tuvalu Tuvalu Prime Minister Kausea Natano this week called for a non-proliferation treaty that halts fossil fuel production.

Mike Smith says Tuvalu is being hit with a double whammy of extreme drought and an existential threat from rising sea levels

” It’s a tragedy. These Pacific islands have been occupied for over 70,000 years since our tupuna appeared and began to colonize the Pacific – including Aotearoa. And so 70,000 years is a long time and we’re starting to see the beginning of the end for a lot of these whanau and a lot of these whenua,” he says.

Mr Smith says extreme weather events around the world are proof that activists were not alarmist in their dire warnings for the future of the planet.