The Philippines doesn’t want to turn into a swamp. The people of Maldives already have water in their living rooms. A group of 43 island nations asked the U.N. for climate change action to avoid being sunk by rising sea levels. This took place in Poland, where the U.N. is working on a  climate change treaty, as a follow-up to the Kyoto Protocol. 

According to Reuters, the island nations want industrialized nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2020 and by more than 95 percent by 2050. “We are not prepared to sign a suicide agreement that causes small island states to disappear,” Selwin Hart of Barbados told the news service.