Our greatest allies in the fight for 350 ppm and a safe climate future have always been the island nations. They're on the front lines of the climate crisis and know better than anyone the consequences of not taking action. As President Nasheed of the Maldives has said many times, “Our choice is between a survival pact or suicide pact. The difference is that stark.”
It's incredibly inspiring to see island nations continuing to fight for a real climate deal here at the ongoing UN Climate Talks in Bonn, Germany. I just ran into Ambassador Lima (pictured below) the Vice President of the Association of Small Island States, the coalition of island nations here at the United Nations, and he reiterated his support for 350 ppm.
"We are not backing 350 because it's a beautiful number. No, it is because of science. Some of our members will disappear [beneath rising seas] if we go above 1.5 C." (You can read more about our work in Copenhagen with the island nations here and here.)