The conflict in Ukraine shows now is the time to shift to clean and independent energy, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said at a conference on the pacific island of Palau that nations should use offshore renewable power sources.
Russia provides Europe with around 40% of its gas, complicating western efforts to impose economic sanctions on Vladimir Putin'sPutin's government for Russian military actions in Ukraine.
Now is the time to move to an independent and clean energy future. Kerry said that President Putin cannot control the power of the wind or sun, and that he is not allowed to control the power of the wind or the sun.
The conference opened on Wednesday in Palau, which has a population of just 18,000, to highlight the plight of nations on the frontline of climate change as they grapple with rising sea levels.
He said nations needed to use more offshore windpower. Kerry said that if the sector was a country, it would be the 8th largest emitter of greenhouse gas, and that the shipping industry should use more green power.
Many Pacific islanders depend on fishing to survive. Kerry said that enforcement action could include bringing together coastguard, military and digital surveillance, as well as the problem of illegal fishing by factory trawlers from other countries that use forced labour.
President Joe Biden, in recorded remarks, criticised overfishing and plastics that have filled the sea with trash, and said Washington would announce new initiatives on ocean protection in the coming days.
Palau's President Surangel Whipps, Jr. said the climate crisis was also a humanitarian crisis, and nations like Palau needed to balance fishing and conservation.