Tuvalu Photos

Thanks to all who posted comments about climate change. It’s not too late — would love to hear more thoughts and opinions.

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In the background are Drina and the government offices building. Note solar panels on building.
In the background are Drina and the government offices building. Note solar panels on building.
Government office building
Government office building
Doina and Dan (and Bob) see their local friend off at the airport.
Doina and Dan (and Bob) see their local friend off at the airport.
The runway was built by American troops during World War II. It is vital to the country, but unfortunately it occupies a large portion of the best land on the atoll, and other land was dug up for construction material. There is a project now to dredge sand from the lagoon and use it to fill the areas dug up.
The runway was built by American troops during World War II. It is vital to the country, but unfortunately it occupies a large portion of the best land on the atoll, and other land was dug up for construction material. There is a project now to dredge sand from the lagoon and use it to fill the areas dug up.
This is a Taiwanese foreign aid project. Rainwater is caught from the roof (as is done throughout Tuvalu) and used to grow foods in plots isolated from the salt-contaminated ground water. The foods are non-traditional for the island, like Chinese cabbage, but people queue up to buy the produce, and they can see how to grow it themselves.
This is a Taiwanese foreign aid project. Rainwater is caught from the roof (as is done throughout Tuvalu) and used to grow foods in plots isolated from the salt-contaminated ground water. The foods are non-traditional for the island, like Chinese cabbage, but people queue up to buy the produce, and they can see how to grow it themselves.
Note that the
Note that the “roof” behind the sign is actually another array of solar panels. Tuvalu has a goal of producing all electrical power via solar by 2020. I doubt they will achieve this on schedule, but clearly they are trying to do their part regarding global climate change.
Dan also supports tree planting.
Dan also supports tree planting.
Storm barrier. (Need more trees planted.)
Storm barrier. (Need more trees planted.)
Something about supporting the Montreal Protocol...
Something about supporting the Montreal Protocol…
Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga speaking about the UN conference on anti-corruption.
Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga speaking about the UN conference on anti-corruption.
The event included skits.
The event included skits.
Family members recording the action on their smart phones, of course.
Family members recording the action on their smart phones, of course.
Doina chats with the PM at the tea break.
Doina chats with the PM at the tea break.
Bob and Zeke, too.
Bob and Zeke, too.
Dance break before the next presentation. I think the US Congress should do this!
Dance break before the next presentation. I think the US Congress should do this!
Bob has a new friend.
Bob has a new friend.
Check out these cool sailboats made from an aluminum can.
Check out these cool sailboats made from an aluminum can.
This regatta has a clear (and VERY fast) winner!
This regatta has a clear (and VERY fast) winner!
No, this one has nothing to do with Tuvalu. It is our old screecher sail being put to good use at a birthday party!
No, this one has nothing to do with Tuvalu. It is our old screecher sail being put to good use at a birthday party!
No Regrets just visible under the trees.
No Regrets just visible under the trees.
The car is a rarity; scooters are the way to travel on an atoll.
The car is a rarity; scooters are the way to travel on an atoll.
Everyone catches rain water off the roof, and yet I don't see pipes and tank for this house. Must be well hidden...
Everyone catches rain water off the roof, and yet I don’t see pipes and tank for this house. Must be well hidden…
The bakery
The bakery
It's hard to photograph scenery at an atoll, since it is all flat. Here's the plane taking off -- three flights a week.
It’s hard to photograph scenery at an atoll, since it is all flat. Here’s the plane taking off — three flights a week.

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