Small island states are typically depicted in global media as desperately sinking or moments away from total annihilation due to climate change. But this is not the whole story – for decades some of the most climate vulnerable countries have been the loudest voices leading the climate movement and bringing about real change. As a native Tongan/Pacific Islander and communications specialist, Josephine Latu-Sanft, shares the historic role of small island states not merely as climate victims but as climate warriors. Josephine has worked for 18 years in the field of communications, as a journalist, communications professional and educator. She has spent the last decade in multilateral organisations, working across more than 90 countries to shape messages around global issues, such as climate change, ocean protection and sustainable development. Josephine is a strong advocate for raising the voice of small island developing nations (or Big Ocean Sustainable States) in global discussions on issues that affect them the most, such as climate change. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Josephine Latu-Sanft

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