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					“CONSCIENCE CALL - CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE PACIFIC”
                   FINAL SCRIPT



               16 SEPTEMBER 2009
AUDIO                                               VISION
                                                    NB: Vision listed in this column is text that
ACT ONE:                                            appears on screen. Quotes also appear as
                                                    text on screen, however are not transcribed
                                                    in this script.
VOICE ONE
Across the Pacific, communities with rich           30 million km2
social and cultural traditions, in places of        7500 Islands
natural beauty, have created mixed                  8.8 Million People
economies and vibrant lifestyles in the face        History of human settlement dates back
of often daunting challenges. Their ways of         40,000 years
life have contributed little, if anything, to the   One third of the world’s languages
causes of climate change, but they are the
most at threat.

VOICE THREE
“If there is one issue that strikes at the heart
of my nation it is climate change”                  Apisai Ielemia, Prime Minister, Tuvalu

VOICE TWO
“Climate change threatens our cultures,
livelihoods and our very survival.”                 Jim Marurai, Prime Minister, Cook Islands

                                                    Over half the population of small islands
                                                    states live within 1.5km of the shore
ACT TWO

VOICE ONE
Climate change threatens to undermine the Projected global sea level rise 1.1 metres by
prosperity and, in some cases, the viability of 2100
Pacific island countries. The vulnerability of
Pacific island countries is in part due to their
geography and isolation.
                                                 In the 1990s natural disasters cost the Pacific
                                                 region US$2.8 billion dollars
The IPCC says failure to respond effectively
to climate change will place significant         In 2004 Cyclone Heta cost Niue equivalent to
additional stress on:                            300 years worth of exports

coastal communities,



water and food security,
the health of Pacific island people and          The capitals of Tuvalu and Kiribati are less
natural ecosystems.                              than 2 metres above sea level.

Climate change will lead to more intense         Worsening floods
extreme weather events. Storm surge and          cyclones
sea level rise will endanger coastal             droughts
settlements, infrastructure and ecosystems,      disease
with huge economic implications.                 Less drinking water

VOICE TWO
“Climate change is real and upon us. We          Sir Michael Somare, Prime Minister, Papua
need to act and we need to act now.”             New Guinea

ACT THREE

VOICE THREE
”Climate change is the most challenging task     Anote Tong, President, Kiribati
ahead of us as human beings on this planet”

VOICE ONE
Pacific Island nations are responding, as they
always have, with resilience and courage to
this challenge. But the threat, which they
did not create, demands greater resources
than they have. These small nations are the
conscience of global negotiations.

VOICE TWO
“We stand ready to lead our peoples in the       Pacific Leaders’ Call to Action
adaptation process. But developing
countries cannot do this alone.”

VOICE THREE
“An ambitious plan is needed for the survival    Edward Natapei, Prime Minister, Vanuatu
of the Pacific.”

VOICE ONE
World leaders must act swiftly, embracing
with courage and conviction the
responsibility to lead a global effort on
climate change. Practical solutions are
needed for those whose future existence is
under threat.

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