Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne has reproached developed countries to use their wealth to reduce their carbon foot print in order to end the resultant crises of climate change.
The PM who was speaking during the UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany said that Instead of spending trillions on useless wars and regime change, wealthy nations should reduce their carbon foot print and spend the money on global adaptation and mitigation, in protection of our planet earth.
The nation’s leader has long been advocating for Small Island Developing States as it relates to climate Change and its effects on small economies like Antigua and Barbuda.
During his Presentation Prime Minister Browne said it is time that all the world’s worst historical polluters acknowledge the damage and harm they have done to others, and take responsibility for delivering loss and damage compensation.
He also made mention to the island of Barbuda stating that it has been two and a half months since his government was compelled to evacuate all the residents from Barbuda in the wake of the monster, Hurricane Irma.
While emergency relief has been provided by some governments and charitable organizations directly to the Red Cross and international agencies, the nation’s leader said that his government has been carrying the burden of caring for the residents of Barbuda; who are living as internally displaced persons, on the main island of Antigua.
He said that this is the result of the profligacy of large and wealthy countries that have generated changes in climate, producing more frequent and ferocious hurricanes.
PM Browne further called for an urgent assessment, rapid disbursement and complete removal of ridiculous disqualifying criteria, such as per capita income, and must be central to the rules dealing with this overwhelming threat and its attendant crises.
The country’s leader said that each nation should, as a matter of priority, honour its pre-2020 commitments and those enshrined in the Paris Climate Accord.