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Tuvalu's prime minister stands in the sea to film COP26 speech to show climate change in action

Tuvalu's prime minister stands in the sea to film COP26 speech to show climate change in action

Tuvalu's foreign minister has spoken at the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow knee-deep in seawater to show how his low-lying Pacific island nation is on the front line of climate change. CANBERRA, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Tuva' s minister is standing knee deep in ocean water during a speech to demonstrate that his island country is at risk of becoming ill.

Simon Kofe, pictured standing in a suit and tie at sand dugouts, trouser legs stretched out, has been widely shared on social media, drawing attention to Tuvalu's struggle against rising sea levels.

"The statement juxtaposes the COP26 setting with the real-life situations faced in Tuvalu due to the impacts of climate change and sea level rise and highlights the bold action Tuval is taking to address the very pressing issues of human mobility under climate shift," Kofe stated in his video message to attendees.

The video was broadcast by TVBC at the far end of Fongafale, the capital's main islet, according to a government official.

It is due to be presented at the climate summit on Tuesday and comes as regional leaders push for more aggressive measures to limit the impact of climate change.

Many major polluters have pledged to intensify their carbon reductions over the coming decades, with some aiming for net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

But Pacific Island leaders have urged immediate action, pointing out that the very survival of their low-lying countries is at stake. read more

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