Marshall Islands leader appeals for help on climate change

2017-06-14 21:46
Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine delivers a speech during a debate on President Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the COP 21 Climate agreement, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on June 14, 2017. (AFP)

Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine delivers a speech during a debate on President Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the COP 21 Climate agreement, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on June 14, 2017. (AFP)

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Brussels - The president of the Marshall Islands is appealing for help to convince US President Donald Trump of the need to fight global warming following his decision to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement.

President Hilda Heine told EU lawmakers on Wednesday that "we all have a duty to work together to convince President Trump of the importance of climate action."

Heine said Trump's "decision was at best misguided. It was also disappointing and confusing for those of us that have long believed in the importance of US global leadership."

She said her nation of more than 1 000 islands and atolls midway between the US and Australia is at increasing risk of king tides and droughts.

Heine said: "We have nowhere to run and nowhere to hide."

 

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