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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will have a narrow escape from watery death today when they visit the famous sinking Pacific island of Tuvalu – which, as we know, is in daily danger of total inundation thanks to the threat of man-made warming.
How will they escape? God only knows but it's going to be a close one – to judge by this report from local broadcaster Radio Australia. (Part of the ABC network)
The Diamond Jubilee Royal Tour of the Pacific moves to Tuvalu tomorrow when Prince William and his wife Kate will be carried from their aircraft on multi-coloured throne chairs.
The royal visit to Tuvalu focuses on climate change (Credit: ABC)
The visit will focus world attention on climate change as Tuvalu is at the forefront of small island nations already feeling the effects of rising sea levels.
But the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will not have a chance to talk to Non-government organisations in Tuvalu working on keeping back the sea.
Maina Talia is secretary of the Tuvalu Climate Action network. (He's speaking to Brian Abbott.)
Presenter: Brian Abbott
Speaker:Maina Talia the secretary of the Tuvalu Climate Action Network
TALIA: Basically now the whole country doing their best to prepare the island for the arrival of the Royal couple and we're doing our best in trying to reveal to them the most vulnerable places that affected by climate change.
ABBOTT: What are those most vulnerable places? Will they see houses in water, will they see ruined gardens, what precisely will they see?
TALIA: Basically I'm not really sure of like what is the arrangement between the government of Tuvalu and the royal couple, but I must say that on their arrival, they must see how vulnerable we are to climate change, even they can see the impact on gardens, on our food security and even we have lost a lot of traditional root crops due to the long drought that we faced last year and the beginning of this year. So they can see it for themselves when they go around the island.
I expect that on their tour, the Duke and Duchess will indeed be quite unable not to notice the absence of traditional root crops. It's one of the first things a prospective heir to the throne looks out for when visiting tropical climes, and no doubt Wills will be teaching Kate to do likewise. But there's worse news to come:
ABBOTT: Will they have a chance to meet with people from the Tuvalu Climate Action Network?
TALIA: No, the program is very tight, All the time here has been occupied by island communities and they won't be flexible to see us Tuvalu Climate Action has worked in other NGOs, so I'm sure it won't be a chance for them to talk with us.
Yep. You read aright. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have flown all the way to Tuvalu yet won't be talking to one single member of Tuvalu Climate Action. Sheesh, if you didn't know better, you'd think all that talk of a few years back about how there were going to be 50 million climate refugees by 2010 due in part to the sinking of islands like Tuvalu was a load of old rubbish.
But wait? What's that you say, Sooty? It IS a load of old rubbish?