"We are staring at the existential threats of climate change. We are grappling with the questions of statelessness, sovereignty, the risk of losing our way of life", Ambassador Samuelu Laloniu, Special Envoy of the Government of Tuvalu, told DW's Leonie von Hammerstein. "I think there's a need for people to understand the human aspects, the human face of the climate crisis", he added.
The low-lying Pacific island nation of Tuvalu is one of the countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, especially sea level rise. "Our priority now is to build resilience and enhance our capacity to adapt."
Along with a senior delegation from his country, Mr. Laloniu has visited Geneva, Copenhagen, Paris and Berlin, to meet with senior government officials, UN representatives and civil society, and discuss the urgent need for climate action.
"If we are serious about sea level rise, we have to address the problem at the source. And, you know, fossil fuel is the greatest source of the climate crisis and sea level rise", he told DW.
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