31 Jul 2015

Samoa told leaders needed in climate change fight

1:07 pm on 31 July 2015

A leading Anglican churchman has called for leaders to stand up on environmental issues on a visit to Samoa.

The Archbishop of York John Sentamu has praised Samoa's switch to renewable energy during his visit which also saw him honoured with a chiefly title.

Dr Sentamu is raising awareness about climate change and global warming in his first visit to the country.

He says it's obvious it's happening and there's no need for more science on the issue.

"Somebody many, many miles away is creating the difficulties affecting you. How do we actually stop other people fouling your home? So we need leaders that are actually going to be capable of doing this."

Dr Sentamu was bestowed with the chiefly title To'osavili by the village of Poutasi.

Tebikenikora, a village in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. September 5 2011

Locals in Tebikenikora, a village in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon visited the area in 2011 to discuss villagers’ concerns about the effects of climate change on their low-lying land. Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

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