Environmental advocates join Queens lawmakers in the waters off Rockaway Beach for ‘Tuvalu Challenge’ on Earth Day


State Senator James Sanders delivered a stern Earth Day warning to climate change deniers while he was joined by colleagues in government and advocates during his second annual “Tuvalu Challenge” from the surf of Rockaway Beach on April 22.

Sanders went into the chilly waters of the Atlantic Ocean off Beach 86th Street and Shorefront Parkway and commemorated a similar address by Foreign Minister Simon Kofe of the South Pacific island nation of Tuvalu on Nov. 5, 2021, to dramatize the plight of his endangered country from climate change by standing in the ocean.