- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

President Obama called himself an “island boy” Tuesday at the climate-change summit in Paris during a discussion of the impact of rising seas on island nations.

Referring to his childhood in Indonesia and in Hawaii, Mr. Obama said small islands are “among the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.”

“I am an island boy,” Mr. Obama said. “I understand both the beauty but also the fragility.”

The president said changing weather patterns may eventually lead tens of millions of climate refugees from the Asia Pacific region, and vowed to support the needs of small island nations at the climate conference.

The global warming summit cannot simply “serve the interests of the most powerful,” Mr. Obama said, but it should also serve the interests of the most vulnerable.

“Some of their nations could disappear entirely and as weather patterns change,” he said. “These nations are not the most populous nations, they don’t have big armies … but they have a right to dignity and sense of place.”

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