All may seem calm on the beautiful stretches of british coastline, but there is a battle being fought on the beaches of Britain. its a fight for survival against the mighty forces of the North Sea. Erosion of this coastline have been going on for thousands of years, but things have gotten much worst. The country is gradually tilting into the ocean. Along the coastlines of Britain, people are doing whatever they can to hold back the rising tide.
The Carteret Islands off the coast of Papua New Guinea are drowning as a result of climate change related sea level rise.
The combined effects of sea level rise, erosion, storm surges and salinity of the soil, are making The Carteret inhabitable. For 30 years, the people of the islands have been fighting a losing battle to protect their island.
Rising sea levels have eroded much of the coastlines of the low lying Carteret islands, and waves have crashed over the lands flooding and destroying what little crop gardens the islanders have. Salt waters have contaminated their water supply as well.
The South West Marine Debris Cleanup is an annual trip orchestrated by Environmental Scientist Matt Dell to the remote wilderness of Tasmania, where tonnes of rubbish can be found on the beaches of this pristine and isolated environment.
Tuvalu is one of the smallest and most remote countries on earth. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it can barely be seen on most maps. The country is in danger of disappearing beneath the waves. Not an Atlantis myth but the reality of this century. Plans for evacuation are being made right now. Tuvalu is destined to become one of earth’s first nations to be washed away due to the effect of global warming, making the Tuvaluans the first complete nation of climate refugees, banned from their home-islands, their culture and identity taken away.
Beyond the appearance of an easygoing life, the threat to Tuvalu’s future is an obvious danger that everyone has been forced to recognize. The highest point of Tuvalu is only four and a half meters above sea level. The average elevation is not even two.
But still, in spite of the evidence, many people in Tuvalu don’t believe they will be forced to leave, and point to their bibles for proof. In the deeply Christian country, great faith is placed in the words of Genesis, which says that rainbows are proof God is keeping his covenant made with Noah to never again flood the earth. What is going to happen to a nation without their home islands to anchor what is left of their culture?
Tuvalu struggles to hold back tide, BBC The fragile strips of green that make up the small islands of Tuvalu are incredibly beautiful but also incredibly vulnerable.The group of nine tiny islands in the South Pacific only just break the surface of the ocean, but for how much longer?
A young girl watches waves crash over a sea-wall during a king tide in Kiribati. Photo Source: Reuters/Greenpeace
Filmed over nearly three years, ‘WASTE LAND’ follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro.
There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores” – or self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both dignity and despair as the catadores begin to re-imagine their lives. Walker has great access to the entire process and, in the end, offers stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.
Academy Awards 2011- Best Documentary Feature Nominee.
A scene from Lucy Walker’s doc, “Waste Land.” Image Arthouse Films
Viewed from afar it looks like hell. The biggest landfill site on earth, JardimGramacho, is where 70% of Rio de Janeiro’s rubbish ends up. Look closer and you find it is also the workplace of roughly 1300catadores (‘pluckers’), people who survive by selling recyclable materials that they salvagefrom the waste. Caption and Photo Source: Rachel Segal Hamilton
Documentary about proposed development at south end of Kiawah Island, produced by Mary Edna Fraser and Celie Dailey. Includes interviews with Dr. Orrin Pilkey, Professor of Earth Scieces at Duke University, and Nancy Vinson, Coastal Conservation League’s Program Director for Air and Water Quality. Diagrams and maps are provided by geologist Miles O. Hayes, quoted in a recent Post & Courier article as saying, “I’m appalled that they want to develop that spit. Ridiculous. Stable? It’s one of the most unstable places on the East Coast.”
The film is a look at the people around the world who are being displaced due to climate change, putting a human face on the consequences of climate change.
“Climate Refugees: The Human Face of Climate Change”, an 89-minute documentary on the repercussions of climate change on human migration, delves into the unique challenges presented when people are forced onto foreign shores. Border conflicts, redistribution of resources and basic human kindness all become issues.
A climate refugee is a person displaced by climatically induced environmental disasters. Such disasters result from incremental and rapid ecological change, resulting in increased droughts, desertification, sea level rise, and the more frequent occurrence of extreme weather events such as hurricanes, cyclones, fires, mass flooding and tornadoes. All this is causing mass global migration and border conflicts. For the first time, the Pentagon now considers climate change a national security risk and the term “climate wars” is being talked about in war-room like environments in Washington DC. The UN currently states that more refugees are now displaced by environmental disasters than by war, more than 25 million climate refugees (ecologically induced migrants), and experts have projected that number will double within the next five years to over 50 million.
“Climate Refugees” has been shown at Sundance 2010, the World Economic Forum and the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
Actor and Sundance Film Festival founder, Robert Redford called the film “an agent for social change” after its premiere at his festival.