Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga says a recent suggestion to swap Australian citizenship for maritime resources is an isolated view with no support, but countries still need to take drastic action to combat climate change.
Last month former Australian PM Kevin Rudd wrote in a recent essay that Australia should offer citizenship to residents of the small Pacific nations of Tuvalu, Kiribati and Nauru in exchange for control of their seas, Exclusive Economic Zones, and fisheries.
PM Sopoaga has described Kevin Rudd's proposals as "imperial thinking" and said the importance of Pacific nations' culture, tradition and sovereignty should be respected. However, he didn't believe Mr. Rudd represented the stance of Australia or New Zealand.
There're better way to work with small island nations when it comes to dealing with climate change.
PM Sopoaga reiterated a call that was made at 2018 Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) meeting that urged Australia to abandon coal power generation within 12 years, and to prohibit new coal plants or expansion of existing ones. World leaders should look towards more renewable energy sources rather than coal.