A Green New Deal does not guarantee the protection of smaller island nations following the coronavirus pandemic. This is largely due to the fact that smaller island nations can never be fully self-sufficient and will always rely on larger countries and economy. City-states like Hong Kong and Singapore may be hugely wealthy and populated, but that stems from being an international port of call rather than their own individual infrastructure or success. Less developed islands in the Caribbean like Jamaica, for example, simply do not have the power to change their fate alone. Even if these island nations become carbon neutral, it will not stop oceans from swallowing them whole if other countries continue on a path detrimental to the planet.