7 October 2014
Tokelauan traditional Canoe built to be paddle out into the harbour of the world’s largest coal port - Newcastle - to stop coal exports for a day.
Four Climate Change warriors from Tokelau are on their way to join 30 other warriors from different pacific nations in the fight against climate change.
The fight has reached shores of Australia with 12 nations from around the pacific expected to stand up to the coal and gas industry. They will use canoes they have built to paddle out into the harbour of the world’s largest coal port – Newcastle – to stop coal exports for a day.
“We are sending a powerful message: we will not stand idly by as the coal industry sinks the future of the Pacific Islands – we are fighting for our god given right to live”, says Mikaele Maiava, focal point for the Climate Change warriors for Tokelau.
“The Ulu o Tokelau, Kuresa Nasau had also written to coal giants BHP Billiton Coal seeking their consideration to the input of climate change”.
The events is organised by the 350.org Climate Change group.
Warriors on the mission are:
Avelio Tumua, Dedles Suega Isaia, Aleki Manuele and Mikaele Maiava.