Marshall Islands government under pressure to cut links with Arctic oil giants | Pacific Beat

Marshall Islands government under pressure to cut links with Arctic oil giants

Marshall Islands government under pressure to cut links with Arctic oil giants

Updated 31 March 2015, 9:36 AEDT

The Marshall Islands cabinet meets later this week, and environmental activists are hoping the President will make a decision on their request to de-register two oil rigs operating under the Marshalls' flag in the Arctic.

Greenpeace has written directly to President Christopher Loeak, warning him that oil companies are seeking to take advantage of melting polar ice to find more oil, a move which the environmentalists say will do nothing to mitigate the effects of climate change.

And as Marshall Islands continues to lead from the front in the climate change debate, Greenpeace has suggested to President Loeak that being associated with oil giants like Shell is not a good look.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific's Lagi Toribau says the Marshall Islands risks losing its credibility as an advocate for climate change reform.

Presenter: Richard Ewart

Speaker: Lagi Toribau, from Greenpeace Australia Pacific

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