On the frontline of Climate Change.
Kiribati is a nation made up of 32 atolls & 1 island dispersed across 3.5 million sq km of the Pacific Ocean. The people who live there & in other Pacific island nations, contribute less than 0.03% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions, yet they are some of the most vulnerable nations to climate change.
Testimonies from I-Kiribati & other Pacific Islanders show how climate change is not just a future concern, it is a lived reality - already having real impacts for people & communities across their nations.
& it’s not hard to see why. Kiribati is one of the world’s lowest-lying countries, with an average height of just two metres above sea level. Not only are the coastlines regularly being lost to increasingly frequent king tides and rising sea levels, but food security is also being impacted by more extreme rain patterns and flooding, longer droughts and salt water inundation, making it increasingly difficult to grow staple crops. Fresh drinking water supplies are also being contaminated with salt, making it unsuitable for drinking. Scientists believe that Kiribati can expect to become uninhabitable in less than 30 years.
Whilst the reality of Climate Change may not be immediately obvious and may seem like a distant threat for many of us - who are doing the bare minimum or making token gestures with our keep-cups. It is a current lived reality for others, who are fighting for survival and fighting to be heard. Climate Change is a global challenge, which is why we should all, as a global community, within our borders and as individuals, make changes and act for climate justice. ※ ↠
But core to this is that those with the lived experiences and most impacted must be the ones identifying and leading global solutions. They are already advocating - but we need to do more to listen to, learn and take direction from, make spaces for and amplify their voices and advocacy.
To find out more check out:
※ @pacificclimatewarriors .
※ #anotesark - a documentary about climate change from the Kiribati perspective. link to the trailer in bio.