Tuvalu’s climate plight

Prime Minister Vorqe Bainimarama while meeting children of Tuvalu during his arrival for the 50th Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting. Picture: AQELA SUSU/FILE

“IN your meeting this week, remember we must save Tuvalu to save the world.”

This is the people of Tuvalu’s message — engraved on a plaque in front of the Funafuti Airport — to the 18 leaders attending this week’s Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting at Funafuti.

The plaque is located in an area set up to display Tuvalu’s climate change plight.

The setup also highlights the devastating effects of climate change on the children of Tuvalu.

“Sea level rising, land erosion, cyclone damage. Threats such as theses are ever present for Pacific island nations,” the message read.

“In your meeting this week, remember; we must act before it is too late.”

The 50th PIF leaders meeting will be officially opened tomorrow evening. Meanwhile, forum leaders started arriving into Funafuti yesterday, including Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.

In response to questions from the Fijian media, Mr Bainimarama said he was impressed by the setup done by students of Motofua Secondary School and Tuvaluan children.

Mr Bainimarama is attending the forum leaders meeting after 10 years.

He is expected to open the Government of Tuvalu’s Climate Change Sautalaga (Talanoa) today.

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