October 12, 2019 @ 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
We all hope that our children have a bright future. This is a story of kids in Kiribati facing the harsh realities of climate change. This is their story from their perspective. Suspended between a home they love, and a world they are only beginning to understand, they are facing these realities now and their story should remind us that they deserve a livable future.
Kiribati is a low-lying island nation in the central Pacific Ocean, with an average elevation of just two metres above sea level. The capital island, South Tarawa, has individual islets more densely populated than Tokyo – with all the attendant infrastructural problems – but very limited wherewithal.
From climate-exacerbated food poverty, poor diets paradoxically lead to youth malnutrition and adult obesity; dirty, brackish water leads to high infant mortality. As a result, considerations of mass migration suffuse the I-Kiribati consciousness.
Though climate change affects us all, poverty is the strongest predictor of how deeply these consequences will be felt. The negative effects will fall hardest on places like Kiribati – not simply because of its isolated and fragile geography, but because there are insufficient resources to defend against a newly inhospitable climate.
Children should not be damned to poverty because of where they are born. I-Kiribati children should have options and alternatives.
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