Images of Tuvalu’s minister making statement at COP26 in ocean go viral on social media


The video will be shown in Glasgow on Tuesday as part of the Pacific Climate Change Mobility and Human Security side event at COP26.

“The declaration juxtaposes the framework of COP26 with the real-life situations encountered 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 in the context of climate change, ”Tuvalu said. the justice ministry said in a statement.

Simon Kofe during his pre-recorded speech at COP26.

Source: Ministry of Justice, Communication and Foreign Affairs, Government of Tuvalu

Photos from the shoot received widespread attention and praise on social media.

“No costly theft and entourage, and no costly public relations to convey a powerful message,” one commenter noted on Facebook.

A post by Fijian journalist Anish Chand of Sunday’s footage had received more than 29,000 likes on Twitter.

The video also drew comparisons to a 2009 Maldivian government protest, which held a cabinet meeting underwater in scuba gear to show the dangers of sea level rise.

The risk posed by the COVID-19 pandemic made it difficult for representatives from the Pacific to attend the COP26 summit in person. Only three leaders from the fourteen nations traveled to Glasgow to deliver speeches.

“It has been a huge challenge,” Seve Paeniu, Tuvalu’s finance minister, told Reuters this week.

He said it was the first time he had left the low-lying nation of about 12,000 people in nearly two years.

A speech by young Samoan climate activist Brianna Fruean also went viral on social media earlier this week.

Ms Fruean told delegates that young Pacific Islanders have worked hard to push for more climate action from world leaders.

“We are not just victims of this crisis. We have been resilient glimmers of hope. The young people of the Pacific joined in the cry, “We are not drowning. We are fighting, ”she said.

With Reuters.


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