Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tuvalu makes a speech in the middle of the sea in a suit with rolled up pants

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tuvalu makes a speech in the middle of the sea in a suit with rolled up pants

Tuvalu's Foreign Minister, Simon Kofe, delivers a speech for the United Nations (UN) climate conference or COP26 while standing at knee-deep sea. Kofe wanted to show how the climate crisis threatens the Pacific region.

Ummatimes - Photos of Kofe are circulating on social media, which show him standing in a suit and rolled up pants in front of the podium

1. Shows how the climate crisis threatens Tuvalu

The action was taken to show the struggle of Tuvalu, as an island country located in the lowlands and facing rising sea levels.

"The action juxtaposed COP26 with the real-life situation faced in Tuvalu, due to the impacts of climate change and sea level rise. Tuvalu also highlights a firm decision to address the pressing issues of human mobility under climate change," said Kofe in his video message for COP26.

2. COP26 is a momentum for climate improvement

The video was recorded by public broadcaster TVBC on the tip of Fongafale, the main island in the capital Funafuti, a Tuvaluan government official said.

The video will be shown at the COP26 summit on Tuesday (9/11/2021), when regional leaders push for more aggressive action to limit the impact of climate change.

3. Big countries want to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050

Major emitting countries have pledged to intensify carbon and methane reductions. In the coming decades, they are also targeting zero carbon emissions by 2050.

However, the leaders of the Pacific Island nations demanded immediate action and stressed that the survival of the low-lying nations was at stake.