Casualty of Climate Change: Tuvalu, a Disappearing Nation

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 23:00 to Wednesday, September 9, 2009 - 01:27

Casualty of Climate Change: Tuvalu, a Disappearing Nation

Free Workshop

Tuvalu is a island state of 11,000 pupolation in the Pacific. This beautiful island state is under the threat of rising sea level caused by climate change. At the highest tide of the year (the King Tide) the island state is partially submerged, part of the main road and the airport runway is under water. The water also bubbles up from the ground—the coral which forms the foundation of the islands.

Fishing and farming are the main economic activities of the island. The rising sea level and the high tide result in the increasing salinity of the farmland. This makes farming very difficulty. The rising sea level also causes the erosion of the shore line of the islands.

Tuvalu will be the first island state goes under water because of rising sea level caused by climate change. Tuvalu contributes the least amount of green house gases into the atmosphere, yet this island state is devastated by the impact of rising sea level.

The situation of Tuvalu is a preview of what is going to happen in many low-lying island states and low-lying coastal areas. Substantial part of Bangladesh and many coastal cities will be affected by rising sea level as a result of climate change.

In this presentation Chris Chorner will give a introduction of Tuvalu, its populations and the communities, the islands' green initiatives, how the island interfaces with the world-at-large, and what we can do. (slides and footages will be shown)

WE ARE ALL TUVALU…and the clock is ticking…

This free workshop is part of the Climate Change is Coming to Town Film Festival

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