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Sinking into the Sea? Climate Change and AOSIS Strategies

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Climate change poses a serious threat to the world, in particular to the Small Island
Developing States (SIDS). The organisation Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS)
represents the SIDS by giving them a voice in the United Nations. We discuss the different
aspects of climate change and the role that a small actor like AOSIS plays in protecting the
citizens of its member states rather than free ride on larger actors. Which strategies should
AOSIS use to encourage an even more ambitious climate policy in the future? We suggest
five relevant strategies: 1) Introduction of sanctions in the Paris Agreement, 2) A CO2 tax, 3)
Subsidising new green technology, 4) That AOSIS should look for coalition partners, e.g.
China, and 5) Even stronger focus on the linkage between climate change and future
migration. Employing such strategies may save the SIDS from sinking into the sea and, at the
same time, secure the target level from the Paris Agreement.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Agricultural Studies
Pages (from-to)210-220
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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