Enele Sopoaga

Activist Type

Enele Sopoaga is a Tuvaluan diplomat and politician who served as Prime Minister from 2013 to 2019. Sopoaga and his administration 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.”

Artwork 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.


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October 1, 1978
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