WATCH: Ignore climate change at your own peril, Mottley warns
The world can no longer ignore the reality of climate change- seeing the issues only as being about floods and hurricanes.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley has told world leaders attending the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York that it also extends to droughts, wildfires, influxes of sargassum seaweed, the ability of countries to provide driving water, feed its people and to provide shelter.
Earlier this week, Mottley represented countries in the Alliance of Small Island States – AOSIS and called for the current rules governing official development assistance to be changed. She said these were some of the problems which Barbados was now battling with.
“... from drought to sargassum and while hurricanes may be viewed as the heart attacks, sargassum and drought are truly like diabetes - insidious and wearing us down.”
In an impassioned, almost half-hour address to world leaders, Mottley questioned why it was so difficult for countries to act to curb the effects of climate change.