Roseau, Dominica. Photo source: ©© Ted Rufus Ross
A new United Nations analysis of the most recent energy plans of 52 low lying poor countries, traditionally heavily dependent on imports of petrol and oil, shows the Caribbean island of Dominica leading the world with plans to become carbon “negative” by 2020.
With Tonga, Samoa, Nauru, Mauritius and many other countries also volunteering to switch to solar, geothermal and wind energy, the collective target of the group of 52 small island developing states is a 45% cut in emissions in the next 18 years, considerably more than the world’s rich countries who between them have pledged 12-18% cuts by 2020.
“We are showing the world leadership,” said Dominican ambassador to the UN, Vince Henderson, at a UN development programme meeting ahead of next week’s reconvened climate talks in Bonn, Germany.
“This is about survival as well as economics… We are demanding that all countries take their responsibilities.”