by Linda Bloom on umc.org
Someday soon, Tupou Kelemeni fears, her ancestral home could be washed away.
Pacific island nations are among the countries under immediate threat from global warming and Kelemeni, a United Methodist from Hawaii and native of Tonga, is concerned about all of them.
As a member of the United Methodist Women’s delegation to the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, she had a chance to interview young people from the Solomon Islands and the Maldives Islands, in the Indian Ocean, about the situation.
"They are in the frontlines of being washed away by the oceans," she explained. "When they spoke about it, I felt the tears welling up in my eyes. I can see that happening to the young men and women in Tonga."