Pacific Island Foreign Minister Delivers “Speech from the Sea” in Final Days of Climate Conference

Foreign Minister Of Tuvalu

In the closing days of the Glasgow climate summit this week, the Foreign Minister of Tuvalu, an island nation in the Pacific Ocean midway between Hawaii and Australia, delivered a speech standing in almost waist-deep water on a spot which used to be on land. Sea level rise is putting his nation and its 12,000 inhabitants at risk of becoming climate refugees as the islands are literally sinking into the sea. You can watch his brief remarks here. Behind him in the water is a concrete structure that at the time was built on land by the U.S. military as a base for an anti-aircraft gun during WWII. The climate conference closes today and the MCC will be reporting on the conference in the coming weeks in the diocesan papers and will also be recording a podcast about climate change with Dr. Benjamin de Foy, professor of atmospheric science at St. Louis University which will be available in late November/early December.

November 12, 2021 - 11:10am

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