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75 Million Environmental Refugees to Plague Asia-Pacific

Neena Bhandari

SYDNEY - Pacific Islanders, aiming to secure their very survival, are calling for immediate
commitments from the developed world to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by
at least 45 percent by 2020.

"For us, climate change is a reality. We have been experiencing high tidal
waves, which has not been the case earlier," Pelenise Alofa Pilitati,
Chairperson of the Church Education Director's Association in Kiribati, told
IPS. "High tides and sea level rise will submerge our homeland. We don’t want
to become environmental refugees."