The prime minister of the world’s fourth smallest nation has appealed for help from European leaders to stop it disappearing due to climate change.
On a recent visit to Brussels, Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Spoaga called on EU leaders for support ahead of the next UN climate change summit in Paris this December.
The group of islands, home to just 10,000 people, is under direct threat by rising sea levels due to climate change as it is no more than 4m above sea level at its highest point.
He called on Europe to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to keep global warming down to 1.5°C, which scientists say is a safer limit than the current goal of 2°C.
He said: “We need to save Tuvalu to save the world.
“If this island disappears under water, it is not the end of climate change and I ask you what future do we hold? We need to collaborate as one human face to save human kind.
“We are told that even 2 degrees global warming is too dangerous as it would mean that Tuvalu would disappear under the water. Yes we can move the Tuvalu inhabitants to other peoples’ lands but it will not stop climate change.”
Tuvalu is one of several island chains in the Pacific which are vulnerable to rising sea levels.