5 Aug 2015

Tuvalu joins NZ christians to talk climate change

3:13 pm on 5 August 2015

The founder of the Pacific Islands Climate Action Network is appealing to the New Zealand Christian community to support the call for immediate action on climate change.

Tafue Lusama is making a public speaking tour of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch organised by New Zealand civil society groups, Tearfund, Oxfam, 350 Aotearoa and the Diocesan Climate Change Action Group.

Reverend Lusama, who is from Tuvalu, says the people in his country are still struggling to recover from cyclone Pam are now being faced by out of season stormy weather.

He says the time for debating the effects of climate change is over.

"Countries like New Zealand, Australia, the US and Europe as well, need to realise that if we don't do anything now, tomorrow, Tuvalu goes down today, tomorrow will be Kiribati and then it goes on and then it will finally arrive to your shores."

Reverend Tafue Lusama says he will be carrying the same message to the Paris COP21 climate summit in December.

Funafuti's oceanside shoreline, Tuvalu

Funafuti's oceanside shoreline, Tuvalu Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades