Climate Change in Tonga and the South Pacific

Uili Lousi

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Climate change is threatening the survival of Tonga and other South Pacific nations. It is causing sea level to rise, putting coastal communities at risk, and warming ocean temperatures, increasing the strength of cyclones/hurricanes. Cyclone Gita (2018), the strongest cyclone in history to make landfall on Tonga, caused significant damage. In this presentation, Uili Lousi, a climate change activist from Tonga, will discuss the impact of climate change in Tonga and the South Pacific, and his efforts to educate world leaders about the need to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.

Uili Lousi

Uili Lousi is a climate change leader for The Kingdom of Tonga and the Pacific. Rising sea levels as a result of climate change threaten the survival of Tonga and other nations in the South Pacific. As a Tongan delegate to multiple United Nations Climate Change Conferences and a panel member with Vice President Al Gore at the Climate Leadership Training in Australia, he raises the voice of the South Pacific region. During his keynote presentation at the Blue Ocean Nexus Conference at the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris, Lousi underscored the need to provide safe waters for humpback whales who give birth in Tongan waters. Uili Lousi is President of the Ohai Foundation Tonga, a nonprofit non-governmental organization devoted to climate change work. Lousi and Dr. David Sattler of Western’s Psychology Department are conducting climate change research projects in Tonga.

Photo of Uili Lousi  (with Dr. David Sattler of WWU) at the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference (the 24th Conference of the Parties - COP24)

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The Huxley Environmental Speaker Series is hosted by Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University.

The Series is free and open to the public.

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Presentations are held each Thursday at 4:30pm On-campus and ONLINE.


Due to the pandemic, the in-person presentations are not open to the public. However, the talks will be live-streamed ONLINE for the off-campus audience.


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