Tuvalu’s foreign minister has recorded a speech for the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow standing knee-deep in seawater to highlight how his low-lying Pacific Island nation is on the frontline of climate change.
Images of Simon Kofe standing in a suit and tie at a lectern set up in the sea, with his trouser legs rolled up, have been shared widely on social media, drawing attention to Tuvalu’s struggle against rising sea levels.
“The statement juxtaposes the Cop26 setting with the real-life situations faced in Tuvalu due to the impacts of climate change and sea level rise and highlights the bold action Tuvalu is taking to address the very pressing issues of human mobility under climate change,” Kofe said in his video message.
A government official confirmed that the video was taken by TVBC, the public broadcaster at the far end Fongafale. This is the main island of Funafuti. It will be shown at Tuesday’s climate summit. regional leaders push for more aggressive action to limit the impact of climate change.
Many polluters are pledging to intensify their carbon cuts over coming decadesSome even aim to have net zero carbon emissions in 2050. However, leaders from the Pacific Islands demanded immediate action to address this issue. the very survival of their low-lying countries is at stake.
It was discovered that Cop26 was the first Cop26. one-third of Pacific small island states Due to Covid-19 travel restrictions, territories and the United States would not be able to send any government officials to the summit in Glasgow.
There was concern that the concerns of the Pacific countries, which are not represented at the highest levels of the meeting, would be ignored. among those most at riskDue to the climate crisis, we will not be able to attend the summit.
A World Bank report in October stated that projected sea level riseThe Marshall Islands, a country halfway between Australia and Hawaii in the north Pacific, could lose their status as a country.
It is home to 59,000 people and has a land area of only 180 km2. It also contains 1,156 islands. It is one of the most at-risk countries due to sea level rise.