Tuesday, 26 September 2017 :As prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit has witnessed the terror of climate change firsthand.
The Caribbean island nation suffered great damage as a result of hurricanes Irma and Maria, the latter of which killed at least 15 people on the island and destroyed “all that money can buy and replace,” including the roof of Dominica’s State House.
In light of that havoc, Skerrit addressed the United Nations on Saturday, pleading for world leaders to take action on climate change. He described a scene of “pure devastation” made possible by the warmer air and sea temperatures that fuel superstorms.
“Heat is the fuel that takes ordinary storms ― storms we could normally master in our sleep ― and supercharges them into a devastating force,” he said.
“To deny climate change is to procrastinate while Earth sinks,” he continued. “It is to deny a truth we have just lived. It is to mock thousands of my compatriots who, in a few hours, without a roof over their heads, will watch the night descend on Dominica in fear of sudden mudslides and what the next hurricane may bring.”
Skerrit thanked world leaders for the aid they’ve extended to Dominica and the other island nations devastated by recent storms, but implored them to see the bigger picture.
“The time has come for the international community to make a stand, and to decide whether it will be shoulder to shoulder with those suffering the ravages of climate change worldwide.”
“Whether we can mitigate the consequences of unprecedented increases in sea temperatures and levels. Whether to help us rebuild sustainable livelihoods. Or whether the international community will merely show some pity now, and then flee, relieved to know that this time it was not you.”
Source : Internet