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
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.
26 km2 (236th)
Non-Partisan Parliamentary Democracy under Constitutional Monarchy
$3,400 per capita