Tuvalu's PM urges negotiators to keep the momentum going

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PBCJ, Marrakech, Morocco

Many small island states including the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu as well as islands in the Caribbean including Grenada, Antigua and the twin islands of St Kitts Nevis and Nevis all have a number of things in common, the most critical being their minimal contributions to global warming. But the effects on them as a result of global warming is at a maximum.

Antigua is being affected by sea level rise and Nevis, ranked as the seventh smallest island in the world, has reportedly suffered a significant amount of land loss in the last 60 years. So too has the fourth smallest island nation: Tuvalu.

PBCJ’s reporter Carol Francis spoke with Tuvalu’s prime minister in Morocco and filed this report.

Located north of Fiji and northeast of Australia, residents of Tuvalu, a low lying group of islands, áre facing the possibility of relocation due to the effects of climate change. With its highest point less than that of a two-storey building, Tuvalu is faced with increasing storms, sea level rise, coastal erosion and threats to their food and water resources.

The government of Tuvalu has been working tirelessly to keep the plight of their country and other small island states at the forefront of climate change negotiations.

Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga underscored the urgency that’s needed to prevent Tuvalu and other small island states from succumbing to the impacts of climate change. It’s not just about saving economies, he asserted, but about saving lives.

The Prime Minister wants the momentum sparked by the signing of the landmark Paris Agreement to continue as its offers a lifeline to his countrymen and those residing in other small island states who are facing these threats.

For the EJN Im Carol Francis in Morocco Reporting for PBCJ the peoples station.