The Green Party today released a climate change snapshot of the Asia-Pacific region which highlights that the region is home to the countries with the highest greenhouse gas emissions and the countries that will be most impacted by climate change.
The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand released its snapshot report at the Asia-Pacific Greens Federation Congress in Wellington today. In attendance were representatives from Green parties from the Asia-Pacific region including Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mongolia, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Taiwan, and New Zealand.
“The Asia-Pacific is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions globally and yet the region is home to some of the countries most vulnerable to climate change,” said Green Party global affairs spokesperson Kennedy Graham.
“Of the ten countries in the world that topped the 2015 Global Climate Risk Index, six are in the Asia-Pacific.
“The Asia-Pacific region has several low-lying island nations which may eventually disappear due to sea level rise and extreme weather events.
“Global climate frameworks have required developed countries to cut their emissions since 1992, and yet the developed countries of the Asia-Pacific − New Zealand, Australia, and Japan – have all increased emissions.
“The developed countries of the Asia-Pacific, including New Zealand, have the opportunity to live up to our responsibilities and table strong emissions targets at the upcoming climate negotiations in Paris.
“For decades, Green Parties have been at the political forefront of addressing climate change, and our voice is needed now more than ever.
“This Asia-Pacific Greens Federation Congress is about sharing ideas, solutions, and support for each other to tackle climate change. From West Asia to Oceania, we are all in this together.”
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