Tuvalu’s Coconut Trees

“… Tuvalu’s call for urgent, decisive and comprehensive actions on climate change is not self-serving. Undoubtedly, we are the most vulnerable country to the impacts of climate change. The greatest width of land on Funafuti, our capital island, is 600 meters. The highest point is only four meters. When a cyclone hits, there are no mountains to climb, no inland to run to. Of course, we have coconut trees.”

– Enele Sopoaga, Tuvalu’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs, UN Climate Change Conference, 13 Dec 2010.

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