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Tuvalu Island Nation

Updated on October 25, 2014

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!

Tuvalu (Widescreen)
Tuvalu (Widescreen)

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.

Time & Tide: The Islands of Tuvalu
Time & Tide: The Islands of Tuvalu

The reality of the beautiful island home to these special people.

Flooded Streets

Difficult Way of Life

In this photo from, 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

Narrow Islands of Tuvalu
Narrow Islands of Tuvalu

Kate of Cambridge

Kate of Cambridge
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,

no guns.

We sleep

with the doors open."

...Citizen of Tuvalu

Traditional Tuvaluan Society - A Peaceful Community

Tuvalu History
Tuvalu History

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.

Does the plight of Tuvalu resonate with you? - We welcome your comments.

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      Lynne Schroeder 6 years ago from Blue Mountains Australia

      This is a wonderful lens about an extremely important issue. Let's hope the world hears their tiny voice. Angel Blessed and featured on Angels In Paradise: