We were inspired to share this story that came to us via the good people at GLISPA - The Global Island Partnership - an organisation that promotes action to build resilient and sustainable island communities.
During the summer of 2019, a group of nine Loyola students and alums will travel to Tuvalu, an island country in the Pacific Ocean with a population of less than 11,000 people – the fourth smallest country in the world. Tuvalu has suffered from the effects of climate change perhaps more than any country on the planet and, with ocean levels rising, faces the possibility of extinction. The team will travel to Tuvalu to facilitate sharing the story of Tuvalu as told by the island’s youth.
Tuvalu aims to be the first country to utilise 100% renewable energies by 2020 and hopes to inspire the World to follow. By helping to tell the stories of the people of Tuvalu, the project will be humanising the catastrophic effects climate change has on people around the world signalling a clear message: action on climate change cannot wait.
This story really inspired us as it talks about sustainability of attitude and approach. By developing the story telling skills of young people the project is creating a sustainable capacity. Surely this is key to establishing long term environmental stability and with it securing the futures of the people and economies that depend upon that environment.