Tuvalu Island Nation
Falling Slowly into the Sea
Water is Love, Water is life. Water is also choking the small island nation of Tuvalu. Every year the King Tides (high tides) are a little higher and seep into the lands and homes of the Tuvalu people a little more. This could be the last generation to live in Tuvalu. 11,000 people could be forced from their homes, if they survive at all.
The country lies just below the equator in the Pacific Ocean and is made up of 9 small islands which average around 2 - 3 feet above sea level. The islands were built on coral, which is allowing ocean water to seep up through the ground in many places on the islands during King Tides. To "shore" up the islands would cost more than the small nation can afford. They do receive some help, but it is not enough.
To add insult to injury, the precious fresh water Tuvalians need to survive is scarce. Their well water is contaminated with salt, and in 2011 they had a horrendous dry spell from the La Nina weather pattern. They had to declare a state of emergency, and even with aid could only allow each person less than one gallon of water per day (for everything: eating, bathing, etc).
The island has it's own culture and has been part of our earth for thousands of years. The economy thrives generally on seamen who send home earnings and some on crops they grow, such as bananas and coconut, and on fishing. Salt water is ruining the ground as it seeps through and renders much of the land useless for farming. The people of Tuvalu did not participate in creating global warming, yet they are the ones suffering the most. This issue is being taken up with the United Nations' Human Rights Council.
Let's hope there is still time to save the nation of Tuvalu.
Tuvalu's Message to the World
The remote and sparsely populated archipelago of Tuvalu is a microcosm of the environmental issues we all face. It is also the first sovereign nation faced with becoming uninhabitable due to climate change. If Tuvalu is to disappear, not only a land would be wiped off the maps, but a whole nation with its unique society, culture and traditions will be erased from the Human diversity spectrum.
Tuvalu - We Care!
It is such a beautiful place. Let us show you/!
Climate Change - King Tides Festival
Interesting that the Nation has found a way to celebrate their most threatening menace: King Tides is part of the culture and perhaps they can find a way to live on with them in peace.
The reality of the beautiful island home to these special people.
Difficult Way of Life
In this photo from 350.org, you can see a good example of how the people of Tuvalu are affected during high tide. This was during "Queen Tide" which must be not quite as big as King Tide. Hard to imagine that these people deal with this on a regular basis.
350.0rg - Because the World Needs to Know
More on Tuvalu
Narrow Islands of Tuvalu
Kate of Cambridge
A Race against Time
"My Back Yard is being eaten
by the sea.
This is our home.
We feel safe here.
There are no robberies,
with the doors open."
...Citizen of Tuvalu
Traditional Tuvaluan Society - A Peaceful Community
Tuvalu is classified by the United Nations as one of the world's peaceful least developed countries. Tuvalu has recently been accepted and elected as the 189th Member State of the United Nations for the New Millennium.
- Former minister highlights solution - Fiji Times Online
Fiji News Archives Galleries
- Tuvalu 'Celebrates' As Ocean Inundates It | Earthjustice
the annual tide event is being treated by Tuvalu government officials as a kind of dress rehearsal for what happens when sea water permanently covers the land because of global warming.
- Born Today, Adrift Tomorrow in Tuvalu | Earthjustice
Basic human rights, including the rights to food, water and adequate housing, will be increasingly unattainable. Your family--indeed all your fellow citizens--may have no choice but to join millions of people around the world seeking asylum in foreig
- Tuvalu Images - Lonely Planet
Tuvalu Images - Lonely Planet