Samuel Sukhnandan, Guyana
Mia Mottley, prime minister of Barbados, has criticised industrialised nations for failing the developing world on the climate crisis, in a blistering attack at the Cop27 UN climate talks.
She said the prosperity – and high carbon emissions – of the rich world had been achieved at the expense of the poor in times past, and now the poor were being forced to pay again, as victims of climate breakdown that they did not cause.
“We were the ones whose blood, sweat and tears financed the industrial revolution,” she said. “Are we now to face double jeopardy by having to pay the cost as a result of those greenhouse gases from the industrial revolution? That is fundamentally unfair.”
“We have the collective capacity to transform.”
At #COP27, Prime Minister of Barbados @miaamormottley urged leaders to deliver on past promises to make a “definable difference in the lives of the people, we have an obligation to serve.” pic.twitter.com/vrIwJq749Z
— UN Climate Change (@UNFCCC) November 8, 2022