Tuvalu - and the Dangers of Global Warming
Tuvalu, South Pacific
IT'S FANTASY FRIDAY - AS GOOD A TIME AS ANY TO DREAM!"
One day (soon!) I will stand atop the highest peak of a south sea island with snow white sands and sapphire seas. It will have been a very short climb up from an average of only one meter above the sparkling sea to my observation point at only five meters.
Tiny Tuvalu comprises nine islands and atolls that stretch along a 595 km long chain with a total land area of only 26 square kilometers. This is truly a tiny nation - estimated at only 10,000 inhabitants.
My moment of awe at this stunning location will soon be dispelled at the realization that it will not be long before neither myself not any other person will ever get this chance again. Tuvalu is one of too many places on earth where global warming is taking an immediate and devastating toll. Scientists believe that the rising waters of the South Pacific will wash over this five meter peak some time in the next fifty years.
Sad excuse for a Fantasy Friday, but it would be a privilege to see this paradise in person before it becomes only a picture in a postcard.
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