[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Principality of Lorenzburg has today ratified the Alcatraz Environmental Treaty, an environmental agreement that was initially adopted by several micronations at the third PoliNation Conference in July of last year.
The treaty, motivated by a desire to show that “the nations that are considered silly by the large nations” are capable of taking a lead on environmental issues, seeks to preserve natural resources and reduce carbon emissions in an effort to slow climate change.
The provisions of the agreement requires signatories to take local steps to preserve and protect native species, to promote local production and consumption of goods as a means to minimize transportation-related carbon emissions, to fund efforts to remove human waste from the oceans, and to structure their financial systems to reduce poverty.
The agreement more boldly also demands that macronations provide compensation of one square metre of dry or non-threatened land for every square foot of land or glacier lost to melting ice sheets and rising sea levels. Such land would be used in support of the relocation of climate refugees forced from their homes by rising sea levels.
“We are proud to have been given [a] mandate from the people to sign this important document,” said Prince Freï von Fräähsen in comments to the local press. “Our future on this planet demands that we enter [into] both formal and informal agreements to protect the environment.”
There are currently nine other signatories to the treaty, including Aigues-Mortes, Alcatraz, Angyalistan, Bennylund, Flandrensis, the Fomoire Institute, Ladonia, Neustadt, and Noseland.