“Marshall Islands Speaker Tells U.N. ‘We Are Drawing The Line Here’ On Climate Change”
If any country understands the urgency of acting on climate change, it’s the Marshall Islands. The small island nation has become the poster child of climate change’s real, visible impacts — it sits, on average, just about 6 feet above sea level, and has already had to battle with extreme drought and flooding that has come close to destroying its capital city.
So it comes as no surprise that the United Nations chose 26-year-old Marshall Islands poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner to be among the keynote speakers at the U.N.’s climate summit in New York Tuesday.
But these problems aren’t unique to the Marshall Islands — drought and sea level rise affects countries all over the world, and Jetnil-Kijiner called for a “radical change of course” to tackle climate change.