The Pacific Island nations must show the world how climate change is affecting them says the EU head of Climate Action.
Connie Hedegaard, European commissioner for Climate Action will be joining the Pacific Island Forum next month.
She told Pacific Beat that one of her key messages at the meeting will be that the world must get its act together over climate change by 2015 as agreed at the 2011 United Nations Climate Change Conference
She thinks the Pacific Islands can help get the point across saying, "the Pacific Island states, they can really tell the world why it matters to act urgently... one would think that the world and all of us have had enough reminders.
"I think that there are very telling cases in the Pacific area and there, I think it's very good still not to forget to tell the stories, to show the examples, to prove the urgency, to make the case why it matters whether the whole world will actually get its act together."
Ms Hedegaard says that the European Union is on track to meet targets set for 2020 to have cut emissions by 20%, have 20% renewables and 20% improvement in energy efficiency.
She wants to share her knowledge and experience of climate change legislation with the Pacific nations at the Pacific Island Forum next month.
She hopes that if changes are made intelligently to climate change management in the Pacific that there will be economic and environmental benefits.
"For instance, one of the economic burdens that are really weighing down the budget in many Pacific Island states, is the cost of imported fossil fuels, diesel for instance.....if you can replace that with alternative sources, obviously you're doing something very good for the local economy," she says.
Ms Hedegaard also supports the creation of carbon markets to raise money that can help fund schemes to help poorer countries affected by climate change, suggesting a levy on aviation and shipping fuel.
She says the programs the EU have in place to help the Pacific are working, "it's also an example, how with relatively small amounts, you can actually make quite a difference, because we're talking about tiny states where even small amounts can make a real difference."