Climate Change

Johnson Toribiong : «Let us respond to Mother Nature’s call by taking drastic action to minimize greenhouse gas emissions and going green»

COP 15 Copenhagen : Statement by the President of Palau

Témoignages.re / 29 December 2009

Johnson Toribiong, President of Palau, adressed the world leaders as a Son of the Pacific Islands. He said that «Mother Nature (...) has gone from being our benefactor to our adversary in the form of climate change». Following his statement delivered 16 December 2009.

Mr. President,

I am truly thankful for this opportunity to address the leaders of the Planet Earth. I stand here by virtue of my status as a Head of State, but I address you as a Son of the Pacific Islands.

Mr. President,

Palau’s legend teaches us that we spring from Mother Nature. And historically, we have shared a symbiotic relationship. But, as a result of abuses which we have committed against her, the capacity of our Mother for tolerance has been pushed to the breaking point. We now feel the wrath of Mother Nature. She has gone from being our benefactor to our adversary in the form of climate change.

Mr. President,

We are the ones who started this conflict with Nature, and we must bring an end to this conflict. To end this conflict, we need to work together to harness all our resources, creativity, and determination. We need to move beyond distinctions of class, race, creed, ethnicity, national boundaries, and color and relearn how to live in harmony with Nature.

Mr. President,

Climate change is evidence of Mother Nature’s desperation to be heard. I believe, if we listen carefully, that we can hear in her voice the call for reconciliation; for, like a loving mother, she wants to bring us back to the right path. I’m afraid that if we don’t heed her call, we may be doomed to eternal condemnation.

Mr. President,

Let us respond to Mother Nature’s call by taking drastic action to minimize greenhouse gas emissions and going green. This includes moving from fossil fuels to renewable energy. In this conflict, green energy is the antidote to the toxic effects of climate change. I believe that Mother Nature is urging us to go green to save our planet and oMr. President,

Mr. President,

We know the challenges facing mankind. We need a positive outcome. Let us act now, before it is too late. Defeat is just another word for too late.

I endorse the AOSIS position. We need a strong outcome from this meeting. We must spare no resources, for we are contemplating no more, and no less, than the life or death of Mother Nature and mankind.

And, our first priority must be to protect the weakest and most vulnerable among us. To do this, we must all work together. And, here I would like to ask our partners and our friends, the industrialized nations, to come on board and to make a global plan to fight this global threat.

I am an optimist and I believe that we can find our way back to the path together. Let us all return to our homes with a sense of optimism for the future because of what we have done together in Copenhagen. Let us leave behind a legacy of hope for our future generations.

Thank you.


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