Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Most threatened move first

You don't get much more front-line, when it comes to the effects of climate change, than low-lying islands like the Pacific atolls. With topographic heights measured in the odd meter or so - the same as projections for sea-level rise this century - places like Tokelau territory could be forgiven for bitterness towards a world whose reckless emissions threaten their existence. But the people of Tokelau haven't time for that. They're going solar.100% solar.

If these three isolated South Pacific atolls can do it, despite their own severe logistical and climatic challenges,don't we owe it to them to push our green boats out a little further, a little faster?