When Sea Levels Rise, Islanders Eye the Coconut Beaches of Fiji

What would you do if you were forced to move from your home to an island? I came across a pretty interesting article a few days ago that I wanted to share with all of you.

World News MSNBC.com; Associated Press/Richard Vogel: Kiribati
We all are pretty familiar with the general understanding of what global warming is doing to Earth, both human contributed and not, but is it already starting to drastically impact how we might live? There are concerns that climate change is impacting and could wipe out the entire Pacific archipelago, specifically the nation of Kiribati. Home to 103,000 people, the island's leaders have started to think of their back-up plan if their land is no longer safe to live upon. Rising sea levels is an immediate threat to the nation, as it has already encroached on their ways of life. The sea has started to contaminate underground fresh water resources, and rainfall, tidal, and storm patterns have changed.

Their idea?...Move to Fiji! Kiribati's President created a plan this week to propose to purchase 6,000 acres on Viti Levu, Fiji, the second largest island within Fiji. The land he's eyeing is being sold by a church group for $9.6 million. The President expects to have an answer as to whether he can move forward in purchasing this land by April of this year. Although this seems like a HUGE step for a nation to take, it seems at this point to be a better option in securing their future compared to building sea walls and constructing a floating island from scratch. To give you an idea of the great urgency of this matter now, this quote from Kiribati's President is pretty powerful:

"We would hope not to put everyone on one piece of land, but if it became absolutely necessary, yes, we would do it. It wouldn't be for me, personally, but would apply more to a younger generation. For them, moving won't be a matter of choice. It's basically going to be a matter of survival." "...The international community needs to be addressing this problem more."
  

Let's face it, who wouldn't want to live on Fiji. But if it meant leaving everything you ever knew behind, I don't think I would be that excited.


...But Fiji does have some pretty amazing beaches :) Nonetheless, this problem for Kiribati is one that all countries may have to face in the future. So be grateful for what you have and stay on top of the latest issues surrounding our oceans and climate. Sooner than later, it will affect you in its own way.

To learn more about what there is to do in Fiji click here or on the fish.