Kiribati: Entire Pacific Nation Could One Day Move to Fiji
A family living next to the sea in the village of Betio, on the South Pacific island of Kiribati, pull themselves from the high waves of the ‘king tide’. Captions and Photo source: © Greenpeace / Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert
Fearing that climate change could wipe out their entire Pacific archipelago, the leaders of Kiribati are considering an unusual backup plan: moving the populace to Fiji.
Kiribati President Anote Tong told The Associated Press on Friday that his Cabinet this week endorsed a plan to buy nearly 6,000 acres on Fiji’s main island, Viti Levu. He said the fertile land, being sold by a church group for about $9.6 million, could provide an insurance policy for Kiribati’s entire population of 103,000, though he hopes it will never be necessary for everyone to leave…
A Video: Voices From The Pacific: Kiribati
UNDP produced a film about the reality of climate change in the Pacific island of Kiribati. The film clearly shows how people’s lives are being affected right now by rising sea waters.