Tuvalu in knee-deep water as a result of climate change.

Knee-deep in water due to climate change: the desperate cry of Tuvalu

A picture worth a thousand marketing efforts to raise awareness about the dangers of global warming and climate change.

A picture is worth a thousand words, or in this case, more than a thousand marketing campaigns aimed at raising public awareness about the effects of global warming and climate change on people’s lives. Tuvalu’s foreign minister made headlines on Monday for a unique reason: he gave a speech knee-deep in seawater at the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow to demonstrate how his country is on the front lines of the disasters that climate change will bring to the Pacific Ocean if no one helps.

Images of Simon Kofe, dressed in a suit and tie and standing at a lectern set up in the sea with his trouser legs rolled up, have gone viral on social media, drawing attention to Tuvalu’s struggle against rising sea levels, which is a hobbyhorse shared by other island territories like the Balearic Islands.

“The statement contrasts the COP26 scenario with the real-life difficulties facing Tuvalu as a result of climate change and sea level rise, and emphasizes the brave action Tuvalu is taking to address the most serious issues of human mobility under climate change,” Kofe said in a video message.

According to a government official, it was an audiovisual montage filmed by public broadcaster TVBC at the far end of Fongafale, the capital’s principal islet. Tuvalu‘s villages cover over 26 square kilometers, accounting for a considerable portion of the country’s total land area. Tuvalu had a census population of 11,792 people in year.

The eye-catching footage will be exhibited during Tuesday’s climate summit conference, as regional leaders press for more aggressive action to mitigate climate change’s effects.

Many major polluters have committed to increasing carbon reductions in the future decades, with some aiming for net zero emissions by 2050. Leaders of Pacific nations, on the other hand, have called for rapid action, claiming that their island nations’ fate is at peril.

 

Article Author Gerluxe

Image: Reuters