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Tuvalu PM’s ‘Cry’ For Help

Every night I would stay up and think of what the future holds for my people as climate change is quietly ravaging our island home, says Tuvalu Prime Minister, Enele
05 Sep 2015 13:46
Tuvalu PM’s ‘Cry’ For Help
Tuvalu’s Prime Minister Enele Sopoage during 3rd Pacific Islands Development Forum Summit at Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva yesterday. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Every night I would stay up and think of what the future holds for my people as climate change is quietly ravaging our island home, says Tuvalu Prime Minister, Enele Sopoaga.

Mr Sopoaga said this yesterday during the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) Summit at the Grand Pacific Hotel (GPH) in Suva.

Trying to hold back his emotions, he described the impact of climate change on Tuvalu.

“As a nation leader, if you were in a situation like this, how would you feel?”

“I don’t sleep well every night because of the situation that my people are facing as their future is uncertain, whether they will live long on the island or not. Their livelihoods have been destroyed because of climate change and most of them have lost their homes.

“I am scared because the impact of climate change is like a weapon of mass destruction,” Ms Sopoaga said.

The nine islands of Tuvalu are located in the middle of the Pacific. The main island and the capital is Funafuti. Tuvalu became an international symbol of the consequences of climate change in 2009 at the Climate Conference in Copenhagen. Sea level rise, one of the most known consequences is a major threat for Tuvalu considering the country’s highest point is 4.5 metres above sea level.

Mr Sopoaga said Tuvalu would submerge if no action was taken.

He calls for more assistance in reducing the effect of climate change on his country.

“International communities have been showing their sympathy, but what we need more is their support. Even the assistance from Pacific Island region is not adequate for the long run.

“We will keep repeating ourselves and make sure that our voices are heard across the world.

“Developed countries should start adopting ways to reduce the impact of climate change because we are not moving out of our island home. This is our home and it’s those causing climate change who should be held responsible,” he said.

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