The Islands of Tuvalu are destined to become one of earth first nations to be washed away because of global warming, making the Tuvaluans the first complete nation of climate refugees, banned from their home-islands, their culture and identity taken away.
Tuvalu is a Polynesian island nation located in the Pacific Ocean, about midway between Hawaii and Australia. It has a population of 10,000. Situated in Oceania, the total land area of the islands of Tuvalu is 26 square kilometres.
As low-lying islands lacking a surrounding shallow shelf, the communities of Tuvalu are especially susceptible to changes in sea level and undissipated storms. At its highest, Tuvalu is only 4.6 metres above sea level, and Tuvaluan leaders have been concerned about the effects of rising sea levels for a few years. It is estimated that a sea level rise of 20–40 centimetres in the next 100 years could make Tuvalu uninhabitable.
The Team behind DORIUM decided to hand over DORIUM to the commission of experts and the DORIUM online community during a launch event on the Islands of Tuvalu. This is a mission statement and might be the starting point for a first incubator center on the island. A first visit is scheduled for end of January 2018.
“Let’s do it for Tuvalu. For if we save Tuvalu we save the world!”
Enele Sopoaga, Prime Minister of Tuvalu, 2015 at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference