Aquaman speaks out in support of small island states

By Alexander Rheeney 28 September 2019, 9:08PM

Hollywood’s "Aquaman" star Jason Momoa attracted attention when he spoke in support of small island developing states (S.I.D.S.), as they strive to navigate the challenges of the climate crisis. 

A high-level meeting at the United Nations General Assembly in New York was held to discuss progress on the S.A.M.O.A. Pathway, and how greater international assistance is needed to address the needs of small island states facing a climate emergency.

S.A.M.O.A. stands for Small Island Development States Accelerated Modalities of Action, and is a 10-year programme promoting international assistance to address the unique set of challenges that island states face.

"The island nations and all coastal communities are the front lines in this environmental crisis," Momoa reportedly said.

"The oceans are in a state of emergency. Entire marine ecosystems are vanishing with the warming of the seas, and as the waste of the world empties into our waters, we face the devastating crisis of plastic pollution.

"Island nations contribute the least to this disaster, but are made to suffer the weight of these consequences."

Among all the challenges S.I.D.S. are facing, the greatest threat is the fact that entire islands are drowning into the sea due to the enormous volume of emissions generated by the first world countries, Momoa said. 

A video of his presentation at the United Nations was posted on his Instagram account. 

The progress of the S.A.M.O.A. Pathway, created in 2014 for the sustainable development of S.I.D.S. considered among the most vulnerable in the world, is reviewed every five years.

By Alexander Rheeney 28 September 2019, 9:08PM
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