Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2013 Explores Global Climate Change Challenges
Posted: 02/01/2013 4:54 pm EST | Updated: 02/01/2013 10:31 pm EST
NEW DELHI -- Seychelles is flooding, Mali is parched, Kiribati is eroding and the one bright spot would seem to be the fact that the United States president finally uttered the words "climate change."
Nations on the front lines of climate change expressed hesitant optimism for the U.S., as delegates gathered for The Energy and Resources Institute's 13th annual Delhi Sustainable Development Summit, whose goal is to tackle resource efficiency challenges.
As many nations brace for worsening effects of a changing climate, the intransigence of the U.S. has sparked some concern.
Kiribati's Tong told HuffPost that "the United States should come to the party. They should relax and not be so scared to talk about climate change. It's a reality of this world. It's our creation -- perhaps their creation more than ours -- so we should deal with the monster we've released."