The background to this speech is a new project, Tuvalu's Future Now Project, launched by the Government of Tuvalu on 27 October. The project is based on the worst-case scenario that Tuvalu will face under climate change. The aim is to prepare for a future where sea levels rise, all Tuvalu's islands are submerged and the country disappears.
The government has three proposals;
1. A foreign policy based on Tuvalu's traditional values (olaga fakafenua, kaitasi, fale-pili)
2. Establishment of legal instruments to ensure that Tuvalu's claims to its pre-submerged land and EEZ are recognised in the event that its land is submerged.
3. Creation of a digital state that digitises the national system in order to function as a landless state.
(1) is a concept inherited from the 2020 foreign policy "TE SIKULAGI", which aims to unite communities by conducting diplomacy based on Pacific values shared with other island countries.
(2) is an issue that our representative director has been explaining at lectures for several years. For Tuvalu, which relies on fishing rights for its national income, the loss of its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) would mean the loss of the basis on which the nation operates. It is an ambitious goal to build a legal authority to claim the EEZ even without land.
(3) is the real story, but perhaps it is too "cinematic" for any media outlet to mention it.
Right from the start of the current Tuvalu government, Foreign Minister Simon has been promoting the introduction of blockchain systems in the country, supported and implemented by Nchain, Fai?, Elas.
Tuvalu chasing digital immortality on a blockchain
As this article was only published as a vague statement, it was sometimes said that Tuvalu is aiming to become a cashless state? However, the basic idea is to register all the information of the state in a digital ledger and to manage the ledger with the blockchain for efficient operation.
After the release of this video message, Representative Director Endou chatted to Foreign Minister Simon Kofe and confirmed that his story had grown even bigger.
In the ledger, the cultural practices, traditional knowledge, photos, songs, etc. of the Tuvalu people will be preserved, so that in the worst case scenario, when the people are scattered all over the world, the Tuvalu government will be able to serve its people as a digital government, and the people will have access to their digital identity wherever they are! wherever they are! This is the kind of digital nation we want to establish!
The people of Tuvalu live all over the world, in all places. I'm sure some of you have read this far and it has hit you. Could it be that the result would be the elimination of national borders?@Perhaps the pursuit of a digital nation will see the completion of John Lennon's Imagine.
However, there is no doubt that identities have a strong indigenous character and climate mobility should be prevented. This is the basic premise of the project.
Tuvalufs Future Now Project: preparing for climate change in the worst-case scenario
Hon. Kausea Natano at COP26.
Prime Minister Kausea Natano delivers his statement at cop26, which preceded the Foreign Minister's message, also reiterated Tuvalu's expectations for the creation of artificial islands in the country, and the Tuvalu government's priority on adaptation measures at home.
COP26 is now drawing to a close. We have been working through the night trying to come up with some kind of numbers and decisions to prove that the Glasgow event was not a failure, but the numbers and decisions that have been left behind have never materialised. This means that the climate collapse will continue and Tuvalu will continue to sink.
Funafala Eco Island, image by Shuuichi Endou (NGO Tuvalu Overview)
We would like to ask for your continued support for the Funafala Eco Island, Tuvalu's only hope for an artificial island.
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