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Kiribati: Sinking Island

Republic of Kiribati, is an island nation that consists of 33 atolls and reef islands in the central Pacific Ocean that hosts roughly 110,000 permanent residents, has absolutely stunning scenery, and will be under water within a century. The low laying independent island chain nation is endanger of being reclaimed by the oceans thanks to climate change. It has gotten to the point that the government of The Kiribati archipelago has purchased land on the Fiji Islands in preparation for the inevitable sinking of their homes. In early 2012, the government of Kiribati purchased the 2,200-hectare Natoavatu Estate on the second largest island of Fiji, Vanua Levu. In May 2014, the Office of the President confirmed the purchase of some 5,460 acres of land on Vanua Levu at a cost of 9.3 million Australian dollars. Also in June 2008, Kiribati officials asked Australia and New Zealand to accept Kiribati citizens as permanent refugees. Kiribati is expected to be the first country to lose all its land territory to climate change. Some residents seeking asylum for their families are afraid to stay on the islands or return to them.

The life on the island is a daily struggle between quality of life being porous due to rising water contaminating their fresh water supply, soil contamination and erosion, a controlling and oppressive government, dangerous cyclones, and with the battle itself against the ocean reclaiming their homes. The people have endured a lot and yet will continue to battle to keep their homes for as long as they can before they’re under water. It is not IF this happen but WHEN this will happen.

Here is a 45 minute documentary on the people of the Republic of Kiribati: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZ0j6kr4ZJ0&t=827s

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