(Barbados Today) – The world stands at the edge of a “moral precipice”, the Prime Minister has told fellow leaders and officials in the Americas as she criticised the international community for doing little about climate change and its impact on small island developing countries (SIDS) like those in the Caribbean.
Addressing the virtual High-Level Dialogue on Climate Action in the Americas, Mottley challenged world leaders on whether they were prepared to take the action necessary to save lives, livelihood and the planet.
She questioned whether the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, would prompt any action.
She also asked world leaders if at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), to be held October 31 to November 12, in Glasgow, “we will not set the world on a 1.5 °C pathway, I ask you when will we do so?”
“The future… Is ours to determine whether we will make that defining difference to our generation. Let us pray that we do so,” she added.