Anywhere else in the world, it is a luxury to live by the sea. In Kiribati, it means that you are the first to be without a home.
I love language and how it can be used to inspire, but to be honest – I’m over the climate change conversation.
Tomorrow, High Tide will be showing as part of the festival right in the middle of Melbourne CBD. If you’re around Melbourne, go to the big inflatable island sitting in Federation Square.
I have written a children’s book. It is a Kiribati story, with Kiribati characters and told with a Kiribati heart. It is called Teaote & The Wall.
I’m not sure if he recognised me or not, but I know for sure he looked at me holding the sign, then smirked, shook his head and kept walking. I’m pretty sure the shaking of the head could be interpreted as ‘what a fucking tree-hugging loser’.
People say they love hearing about my culture and all I am doing is talking about Kiribati food, language, religion etc. It may not seem it but I have worked hard at making sure I am connected to my culture.
I feel more comfortable using the written word to express my thoughts than to stand in front of people that are going about their business with a sign accusing their corporation for ruining the world. But that all changed this week.
The big question that in all honesty, I haven’t properly tackled is: Will Kiribati actually relocate due to climate change?
For thousands of years Pacific culture has lead to men believing that domestic violence is right and a man’s prerogative. This is absolutely wrong, but it doesn’t take a bill in parliament to change a society’s ways that they have held for thousands of years.
Malaria and dengue fever are also predicted to rise due to the temperature to increase the reproductive and biting rates of mosquitos. And while it’s not a communicable disease, malnutrition will also increase due to lack of agricultural farming options in the searing heat. See how this all is a giant snowball already?