Combating Climate Change: How Islands Can Go Further Together

Written by Rocky Mountain Institute

This blog post was adapted from a keynote presentation given at the Pacific Power Association Annual Conference and was originally posted on

I was in Rarotonga, the capital of the Cook Islands in the South Pacific, in 2010, after the island of Aitutaki—just a few kilometers south of Rarotonga, was devastated by Cyclone Pat. Approximately 80 percent of all homes on the island were damaged or destroyed and the local agriculture sector was obliterated.

Unfortunately, events like Cyclone Pat have become the norm in the Cook Islands and the broader Pacific region, being

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By Rocky Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) transforms global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future. We are an independent, nonpartisan nonprofit cofounded in 1982 by Amory Lovins, RMI’s chairman emeritus and chief scientist. RMI now has approximately 170 full-time staff, annual operations of $35 million, and a global reach and reputation. In 2014, Carbon War Room merged with and now operates as part of RMI.

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