Sea level rise is one of the most severe impacts of climate change, with rising waters threatening to inundate small-island nations and coastal regions by the end of the century. The World Bank estimates that by 2040, sea level rise would lead to a more modest but still large loss of about 5.8 - 10 percent of Fogafale’s (Funafuti) land area and expose a further 10 - 11 percent of land area to occasional inundations.
“When Life Gives You Lemons, You Make Lemonades”
As we sat, perched on the deck of the new convention centre staring at the sun dip into the ocean and talk about life on the tiny atoll of Tuvalu, Jieni remarked that “when life gives you lemons, you make lemonades”. Eager to know the meaning behind this, I quickly pulled out some photos I had captured earlier and showed them to her.
As she browsed through the pictures, her instant response was that “the rising sea level, beaches being swept away, and saltwater intrusion has become part of their everyday life”. I was instantly reminded of the evening recreational activities that took place during spring tide, which I experienced myself during the solutions safari.