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Island nations take a stand against big polluters.

As global temperatures continue to set records and extreme weather events are increasingly attributed to climate change, it's obvious that global warming is no longer a distant threat. It is upon us--here and now. No one understands this better than those living in island communities.

In June, representatives from six South Pacific island nations--Vanuatu, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, and the Philippines--signed the People's Declaration for Climate Justice, which calls out the current impact and future threats of climate change. The declaration vows to hold big polluters responsible for climate change and, most importantly, to bring an international legal case investigating the human rights implications of rising global temperatures.

"As the people most acutely vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, we will not let the big polluters decide and assign our fate," the declaration reads. "Our rights and ability to survive must not be dictated by the continued addition to the burning of fossil fuels."

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Title Annotation:FRONTLINES
Publication:Earth Island Journal
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Sep 22, 2015
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