TUVALU MINISTER STANDS IN SEA FOR COP26 SPEECH, HIGHLIGHTING DANGERS IN THE PACIFIC

Foreign Minister of Tuvalu, an independent island in the South Pacific gave his United Nations COP26 address by standing knee-deep in seawater. The video shot from the shore was to create awareness of the rising sea levels due to climate change. Tuvalu, a low lying Pacific island nation is the one of most vulnerable to climate triggers in the world. Simon Kofe was wearing a blue suit and tie and was speaking at a lectern set up in the sea. 

 

The image of Kofe has gone viral on social media with users sharing captions about the disasters of climate change on small island countries. The topic was dealt with by Mia Mottley as well, while speaking about her country Barbados. Leaders from small island countries, especially those with rising sea levels around them have insisted that mainland developed countries need to work more vigorously on the issue of climate change. “The fact is we are sinking, so we thought we would demonstrate it in a video, so that people would have an image to look at”, he said while speaking in an interview on CNN.

 

“The statement juxtaposes the COP26 setting with the real-life situations faced in Tuvalu” he said in the video that was broadcasted by a government channel. “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,” he added. 

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