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A Letter from Tuvalu, Polynesia

by Tafue Molu Lusama, General Secretary of the Ekalasia Kelisiano Tuvalu (Tuvalu Christian Church).

Tuvalu is among the most vulnerable countries in the world to climate change and rises in sea level.

picture of Christian Church on the island of TuvaluWe struggle to live from day to day. It is so hard to ignore the plight we are living in, and it is more difficult to explain to our people the reality and the link between environmental changes and what is happening on the ground. We continue to witness the loss of islands overnight, depletion of our corals due to bleaching, constant strong winds and cyclones, disappearing fish stocks, the dying out of our traditional plantations due to salt water intrusion into our underground water tables and much more.

As a Tuvaluan living in the midst of these challenges, I see the injustices that cause our suffering. We have no part at all in creating this problem, and yet we are the first to suffer the consequences.

How can the actions of developed countries - which create enormous amounts of Carbon Dioxide in the atmosphere and cause the global warming that leads to our weather pattern changes and rising sea levels - be justified?

Why do we have to suffer because of something we did not do?

The avariciousness and greed in the world economic system needs to stop.

Justice needs to be carried out - for it is only through justice that counties in the world, like us, will survive in the face of this global challenge.

Tafue Molu Lusama

The above letter first appeared, printed in the June 2017 edition of Reform magazine produced by the United Reformed Church, and is used here with permission.

Tuvalu is an Island in the South Pacific Ocean. picture of the island of Tuvalu

Tuvalu's Climate Change Officer, Maina Talia said "Our Island is just 26 sq km, so climate change and rising sea are the major issues that we face. If there is no wind at high tide, we are happy, but when high tide comes together with strong winds it makes things worse. The seawater doesn't only come from the shore, it bubbles up from the middle of the island and seeps through all over the place, making the land unfit for cultivation. The inundation of water threatens our food security and we have frequent droughts. We have come up with new ideas to meet the challenge, such as raised gardens. We plant in buckets so that we can move them at high tide."

Maina Talia's words were reported in Reform Magazine April 2016 edition.

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