From an island in the Pacific Ocean, Frances Namoumou recently made a peacemaking pilgrimage to the Presbytery of the James in central Virginia. Appearing via Zoom, the International Peacemaker discussed how climate change is negatively impacting her home country of Fiji and neighboring islands in the region.
As the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) takes place through Nov. 12, Namoumou would like to see world leaders taking the issue of reducing carbon emissions seriously.
She also spoke about noting the importance of financial support for vulnerable communities and remembering that climate change has both economic and non-economic consequences.
“As citizens of Fiji, we will hold our governments accountable,” she said. “For those of you in the U.S., I guess you have the right and responsibility to hold your government accountable. … We’re looking at the bigger picture of who is my neighbor?”
Excerpted from Peacemaker from Fiji talks climate change and COP26 by Darla Carter | Presbyterian News Service