12 Sep 2011

Tokelau aims to 'walk the talk' on climate change

9:33 am on 12 September 2011

Tokelau's leader says that by mid-2012 the territory will be the first in the world to be powered by 100% renewable energy.

Foua Toloa says solar energy will supply 93% of Tokelau's electricity and the remainder will come from coconut oil.

He says it's Tokelau's obligation to stop emitting carbon dioxide because it is affected by the impact of climate change.

"While the rest of the world is not listening to the impact of climate change, in a very small country in the Pacific this project is a vehicle and a message to the whole world to actually walk the talk."

Some 1500 people live on the three atolls making up the territory.