Australia must stand with the Pacific

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Tuvalu is a country of pristine atolls, magnificent coral reefs, and some of the warmest hospitality you’ll ever experience. But like all Pacific Island countries, Tuvalu’s very existence is threatened by the climate crisis.

The extremely low-lying country is highly vulnerable to rising seas and more powerful storms. Sometimes waves wash right over the island from the ocean to the lagoon, destroying houses and crops and contaminating scarce water supplies.

Tuvalu will host the Pacific Islands Forum, the most important gathering of leaders from across the region and climate change will be top of the agenda.

Australia can and must step up and take immediate action on climate change. Will you send a message to Alex Hawke MP, Minister for International Development and the Pacific, urging that Australia stand with the Pacific and listen to those on the frontlines of the climate crisis?

The human cost and grave injustice of climate change is most stark in the Pacific. But Pacific peoples are not drowning, they are fighting. And they are determined to lead the world to a more just and sustainable future for all.

We know that a better future is possible. Pacific Island countries and communities, drawing on the region’s strengths, values and a united Pacific voice, are showing us the way. It’s time for Australia to follow their lead.