The invitation come from the Marshalls Minister in Assistance to the President, Tony de Brum, who says she has accepted it.
He says he will show her the effects of sea level rise and climate change in his country, which he says can be seen with the naked eye.
Mr de Brum says several Pacific leaders are concerned about the new Australian government's attitude towards climate change.
Speaker:Tony de Brum, Minister in Assistance to the Marshall Islands President
DE BRUM: You know there is talk among the Pacific leaders that we've sort of and allows us how to deal with Australia since it's last election, where the views on climate change as we know it are a little different from the previous administration. We're going to continue to count on Australia to be a leader in this part of the world and we will hope that they with the new evidence coming out as to the reality of climate change that we can adjust a little bit to contribute to the stemming of that wave, rather than contribute to it and we hope to continue to work with the Australian government to do this.
In fact, I have indicated to your new Foreign Minister, Her Excellency, Julie Bishop, that we intend to invite to come to the Marshalls and take a look around, and see that if there's anything Australia can do to help matters along.
HILL: Has Ms Bishop indicated that she'll be taking you up on that offer and actually travelling to the Marshall Islands?
DE BRUM: She has indicated to me that she will take me up on the offer and see that she gets time in slots ?? so she contributed to her very busy schedule indeed.
HILL: And what will you show her when she goes there?
DE BRUM: We will show her some of these islands that have gone under. We will show her the continued degradation of our shorelines, our salt inundation. We will take her to the ... Island and to Ebeye, my constituency, where affects of climate change are visible to the naked eye, everywhere, and we hope that she can engage in discussions with civil society, as well as government and visits some of our schools, so that she can see first hand what we're talking about with the climate change this year.
HILL: We've had the Majuro Declaration and we're now calls from the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, for climate leadership. Where do you think this leadership on the question of climate change should come from? Should the Pacific lead it or should it be the developed world that needs to take the lead on this?
DE BRUM: The developed countries have their other agendas and we can understand that, but it seems that there has been this "you go first" kind of climate change syndrome that has been sort of the rule, rather than the exception in this field of work. So Majuro Declaration is an attempt to conquor those attracted to that, where they will not take the lead. We will in fact try and lead as as Pacific Island countries. Pacific Island leadership in climate change is the thing and I think we have made headway in calling that to the world's attention.
HILL: Do you think that the Pacific Islands can really provide leadership there, because a lot of people could look at the Pacific and say, well they're small, they're pretty insignificant, not many people live there. Can you really leverage the developed world to take action?
DE BRUM: I believe we can, and if we cannot, what are we to do, be like the perennial natives, sitting under the coconut tree, waiting for the coconuts to fall. I don't think so. I think we can lead. I think we have a story to tell. I think we can, in fact, bring this to the attention of the big polluters and bring it to the attention of those who participate in world fora that focus on the issue, the UNFCCC, and other regional organisations. We don't mean for the declaration to replace any of these. These are the platforms. But we want to stress the fact that we view what is happening in the world as inadequate. Already, the latest report is saying that we're going to reach and pass the 2 degree Centigrade limit that we've set for ourselves. If that goes to four as it's been predicted, we're not going to be around to say much about climate change come the turn of the century. Our mission now as I see is to be robust and proactive in our climate change activity so that the world will realise, we're not just going to wait for them to be serious. Since Rio One, that has proven to be the wrong policy.
HILL: Are you seeing any practical effects of climate change or sea level rise in the Marshall Islands itself?
DE BRUM: Oh, absolutely. I mean we've had two climate-related disasters within the last three months. We had flooding down south and a severe drought up in the north, which continues. We have still a situation where we have to provide drinking water to some of outer island communities.
The main international airport in the Marshalls has been inundated with tides and the ocean break has breached in several spots, as many as 100 feet each and we still have to repair that.
The saltwater has inundated many of our garden lands, and so that our taro patches and some of the other farming areas are affected already and it will take a long, long time and lots and lots of rain over years are going to replace, and that's not in the box right now. So yes, we are seeing and we're experiencing firsthand the effects of climate change.