Tongan Olympic sensation joins fight to protect Pacific countries from climate change

Tongan Olympic sensation joins fight to protect Pacific countries from climate changeTongan Olympic sensation Pita Taufatofua has set his sights on an Olympic-sized challenge — raising awareness about climate change.

Key points:
Taufatofua says neighbour Australia must “really start to consider these big issues”
Tonga was lashed in February by Tropical Cyclone Gita
Taufatofua is setting his eyes on a third Olympic sport
Taufatofua made headlines at the 2016 Rio Olympic games when he marched shirtless for his country in the opening ceremony and then again at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, despite freezing temperatures.

His bid to compete in the Winter Games saw him learn to ski in only three months before qualifying for the cross-country skiing, and the dual Olympian is now using his platform to speak about the impacts of climate change.

“For me, all of these causes are linked. All of these are one and the same thing. It’s about our planet, it’s about our humanity, social issues,” he told the ABC’s Pacific Beat program.

“People have this idea that they should just be one thing. But climate is so important because we all live in this world.

via Pita Taufatofua: Viral Tongan Olympic sensation sets sights on climate change; eyes third sport – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)