Extreme temperatures and variations in rainfall enact extreme consequences on the landscape, flash floods wreak terrible damage and rising sea levels either cover the coastlines or wash away whole beaches. Rising water temperatures also bleach coral reefs and endanger the tourism trade – often an important economic sector - based upon those reefs.
Unlike in Europe, climate change is not an abstract danger in Mauritius. It is a direct threat, there on the island’s doorstep. And more and more Mauritians are seeing the drastic changes as the results of climate change, not as isolated weather incidents.
This island nation is clearly vulnerable which is why increasing numbers of locals are concerned about the future of their homeland. Local politicians are also reacting to the problem. By 2025, power supplies on Mauritius should consist of 35 percent clean energy. But in fact it is the developed countries which contribute most to greenhouse gas emissions that should be more active in this area. It will not be enough if the nations that most feel the impact of the emissions are the only ones forced to change.
*Source: AFROBAROMETER Dispatch No. 214, 2018