M6arshall Islands President: Saved breath rather than try to persuade Trump on climate change

Marshall Islands President: Saved breath rather than try to persuade Trump on climate change

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Marshall Islands President: Saved breath rather than try to persuade Trump on climate changeThe Marshall Islands, comprising 31 tropical atolls between Australia and Hawaii, risks being underwater in 10-20 years. Being the scene of massive US nuclear tests in the 1950s, Marshall Islands, is also at the risk of disaster from radioactive debris the US military left behind.

The Marshall Islands is literally struggling to stay above water but its President Hilda Heine told Reuters she had saved her breath rather than try to persuade US President Donald Trump to hear its climate change message.

Heine met Trump at the White House last month, along with the presidents of Palau and the Federated States of Micronesia, both of which are also under threat from rising sea levels.

But they did not talk about climate change.

“We made a conscious decision to discuss those things that we think we could accomplish, rather than spend time talking about something that we know is not going to happen,” she said.

“We know that we’re not going to be able to change his mind in 30 minutes about climate change.”

The Marshall Islands, comprising 31 tropical atolls between Australia and Hawaii, risks being underwater in 10-20 years.

“If that’s not scary enough, I don’t know what is. For us, it’s, of course, an existential issue,” said Heine, who was in Geneva to open a diplomatic mission, address the International Labour Organization and press her country’s case for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council.

Being the scene of massive US nuclear tests in the 1950s, Marshall Islands, is also at the risk of disaster from radioactive debris the US military left behind.

Her government has put a line item in its budget to cope with environmental costs, with about 5% of spending set aside to fund sea walls to save at least its two most populated areas.

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