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Tuvalu’s foreign minister Simon Kofe gives COP26 speech in the sea on climate crisis

S M Masusd Rana: Tuvalu’s foreign minister Simon Kofe has given a speech to the COP26 climate summit while standing in seawater to show how his low-lying Pacific island nation is on the frontline of climate change. Photos in a suit and tie in the sea have been shared widely on social media, drawing attention to Tuvalu’s struggle against rising sea levels. He hopes the leaders will recognize the importance and urgency of the climate crisis, and urged them to believe the science “that is out there”.

Tuvalu is made up of nine atolls and has a population of around 11,000 people. Its highest point is just 4.5 metres above sea level, making it particularly vulnerable to climate change.  Since 1993, sea levels have risen about 0.5 cm per year, according to a 2011 Australian government report.

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