Enele Sopoaga

Enele Sopoaga is a Tuvaluan diplomat and politician who has served as Prime Minister since 2013. Sopoaga and his administration have focused on working to make the world aware of the looming threat that climate change poses to the nation of Tuvalu as continued increases in global temperature and rising sea levels will destroy many pacific island nations. Speaking to the U.N. on keeping temperatures increase to an absolute minimum he stated “Let’s do it for Tuvalu. For if we save Tuvalu we save the world.”

Illustration by Katie King Rumford

Tuvalu

Tuvaluan women are known for their colorful crochet patterns, stitched from dyed natural fibers found on the remote island. The design for the portrait was inspired by the intricacies and symmetry of Tuvaluan crochet. The water symbolizes the rising sea levels that threaten to devastate their nation.

Total Area
26 km2 (236th)

Demonym
Tuvaluan

Government
Non-Partisan Parliamentary Democracy under Constitutional Monarchy

Population
10,160 (196th)

Capital
Funafuti

GDP (PPP)
$3,400 per capita