The Marshall Islands are drowning

The Marshall Islands are drowning
The Marshall Islands are drowning

This week at the U.N. climate summit, Marshall Islands youth activist Carlon Zackhras spoke to global climate negotiators about witnessing 16-foot swells that forced 200 people from their homes just two weeks ago. A former U.S. territory located in the central Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and the Philippines, the Marshall Islands are one of the world’s lowest-lying island nations and declared a national climate emergency in October. “We’ve been told that if we want to stay in our islands, we’d have to adapt and elevate, with migration as the only plan B. We’re having to deal with these issues that we in the first place did not create,” says Zackhras. “And may I remind you, the Marshall Islands’ contribution to climate change is only 0.00001% of the world’s emissions.”

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