So, yesterday I was hunting around the web trying to find an old link for a radio interview I did. I found it through the radio station’s facebook page. As part of the link, they had included a little sub-heading saying ‘Marita Davies has penned her first children’s book ‘Teaote and the Wall‘, telling the story of Kiribati people whose beach side homes face inundation to rising sea levels’.
Pretty straight forward right?
Well some smart arse made a comment under the link writing ‘Seeing as it’s about climate change it will be in the fiction section.’
I bet he didn’t even click on the link.
I suppose it’s disheartening because climate change is so real for Pacific Islanders, there are people out there refusing to read ready information and just commenting like they still have a researched opinion. But, that’s the world we live in.
In saying all this, I am super super super excited for the release of Before The Flood.
Before The Flood is a documentary lead by Leonardo DiCaprio. Throughout the film, Leonardo travels around the globe, observing and researching the climate crisis our world faces. He speaks to scientists, world leaders, politicians, religious leaders and discusses with them the state of our earth.
For I-Kiribati people, we will be particularly proud that Kiribati is highlighted and Anote Tong is featured in the film.
Here is the write up about him on the website:
Anote Tong President, Kiribati
Anote Tong is the former President of Kiribati (2003 to 2016) and an outspoken advocate for addressing climate change in the Pacific region. With one of the lowest carbon-emission footprints in the world, Tong has often described Kiribati as a “frontline country” that has been among the first to experience dramatic climate change impacts. President Tong has won a number of awards and recognition that acknowledges his contribution and leadership on climate change and ocean conservation.
I am so excited for this film. I truly believe it will be one of the defining climate change focused films of our time and will hold a valuable place in our history. Fingers crossed anyway. Ever the optimist and believer of the power of art, I think this will change our world for the better.
And the best bit? We can all stream the film for FREE via National Geographic Channels until November 7th. Here’s the link! I think you all know what I’m doing tonight.
So here’s to spreading the word, learning more and listening to people who live with a genuine and immediate threat to climate change.