Climate Change and Small Island Developing States: Arguments for Accelerating Action.
Abstract: Small island developing states (SIDS) are some of the most
vulnerable nations to the future effects of climate change; some are even experiencing
climate change effects already. Increased intensity of tropical storms, ocean
acidification, sea-level rise, and other effects all challenge the physical, economic and
social viability of these nations. Why is it that the developed nations ... read morehave not rallied to
mitigate climate change or help small nations adapt to its effects? This thesis examines
this relationship between developed and developing nations and what motivates action by
developed nations. It then explores arguments that the SIDS can make to defend their
importance and accelerate action by developed nations in order to protect the SIDS from
damage associated with climate change. Data on SIDS economies informs the assessment. An
analysis of five arguments, economic, tourism, human rights, diversity and resiliency,
reveals that all are compelling except economic. SIDS have exceptionally diverse biological
and cultural resources that are far more valuable than the countries' contributions to the
global economy. Anticipatory action on the part of developed countries is needed to protect
this rich heritage for our collective wellbeing.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2011.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning.
Advisor: Ann Rappaport.
Committee: Penn Loh.
Keywords: Climate Change, and International Relations.read less