Foreign Minister In Suit And Tie Gives A Speech While Knee-Deep In Water
5What country is he talking about?
The country that the minister is talking about is Tuvalu. It is a small nation made up of nine different islands 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii. The population of the island is 12,000 and the entire nation can be in danger if the sea level keeps rising. This could cause severe floods and make the island inhabitable.
6Dire situations up ahead
The island could be facing flooding by the end of the century. This is why the minister decided that if he was going to make a speech to the UN he would be doing so in a dramatic fashion. He believes that the students on the island learning about climate change right now could be the last generation who will survive on the island.
7People have begun leaving
This issue isn’t something new. This has been happening for a few years now and people from the island have already begun to immigrate to New Zealand. If this continues the nation will lose all its citizens and be lost to time before being engulfed by the sea.
8The science backs up the claims
The World Bank has backed up the claims of the minister by stating that the level of the Pacific ocean has risen 3 times faster than the global average. This is directly the effect of global warming that caused it. The forecast ahead is that the water will rise between 0.5 to 1.1 meters before the end of the century.